MILWAUKEE – In honor of Wisconsin Bike Week, the Bike Fed announces release of the Wisconsin Bikeways Report to facilitate long-distance bicycling throughout the state.
Prepared by Toole Design Group, the Wisconsin Bikeways Report details efforts that began in 2015 by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Wisconsin Bike Fed (Bike Fed) to create a statewide network of interconnected bikeway routes. These routes include national U.S. Bike Routes (USBRs), which connect to adjoining states, and state-level Wisconsin Bike Routes (WIBRs).
A “Bikeway” is a general term for any road, street, path, or way, which in some manner is specifically designated for bicycle travel, regardless of whether such facilities are designated for the exclusive use of bicycles or are to be shared with other transportation modes. A bicycle route is commonly a designated roadway or bikeway with a unique route designation or with bicycle route signs.
In 2020, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved USBR 30, and alternate USBR 230, as Wisconsin’s first nationally designated bicycle routes. The 269-mile USBR 30 crosses the state from east to west. It begins in Milwaukee, at Lake Michigan, and ends in Bluff Siding, on the Mississippi River.
Wheel & Sprocket bicycle shop owner and Adventure Cycling Association board member Noel Kegel explains, “USBR30 mostly follows a well-traveled route within the state including the first rail-trail in the US, the Elroy-Sparta trail featuring three long rock tunnels. The USBR designation is important to validate the route as […]