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Bike/Pedestrian Trail Plan
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The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, a nonprofit, bicycling advocacy group, was selected as the consultant to prepare a Bike and Pedestrian Trail Plan for the Village on February 16. The group will now begin work on a plan for implementing, funding, and constructing an integrated bicycle and pedestrian network. The aim is to connect Village parks, open spaces, existing bike trails, employment centers, transit, and residential areas and to encourage multi-modal transportation opportunities (combining various modes of transportation).
The initial phase of the project will include a public outreach element. The Federation will work with Village staff to develop an online survey and host two public meetings to gather citizen input. They will then inventory existing resources and documents. Information from these two phases will then be analyzed, and design guidelines and recommendations will be developed. A final plan will incorporate elements for: a trail system, facilities, signage, parking, roadway improvements, and programs for public education, encouragement and enforcement. The final plan will also include: a matrix for phasing and implementation, cost estimates, maintenance recommendations, and funding alternatives. The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin anticipates having a final plan delivered to Village staff during December of this year.
¡§Our end vision is an integrated system for bicycle and pedestrian travel that works hand-in-hand with other modes of travel in our community,¡¨ commented John Steinbrink Jr., Superintendent of Public Works for the Village. ¡§The project will take some time to complete, but ultimately, we want to provide for safe, flexible and efficient travel to areas within the Village and provide points of connection with other modes of transportation.¡¨ The Plan will be designed to compliment existing planning documents used to guide development in the community. Watch for more information regarding public input sessions.