In spring 2012, Marathon County contributed a grant to the Marathon County Health Department for the creation of a metropolitan bicycle route and signage project to make bicycle commuting convenient and safe. Planning for this metropolitan bicycle route system involved a variety of diverse partners, including county and city planners, local public works directors, health educators, and members of the Wausau Area MPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Sub-Committee.
The 105-mile bicycle route system is accompanied by over 600 custom bicycle route signs that are color-coded and numbered by route. A unique feature is The Central Loop, which is a 26-mile circular route that includes sections of multiple routes and highlights many of the prominent bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the metro area. The project also included the development of a new website, www.bicyclewausau.org, and the publication of new bicycle route map and user’s guide, which is available throughout the community. The project was a prime example of how through collective impact, our community worked together to create healthier environments by improving convenience, accessibility, and safety for bicyclists in the Wausau metro area.
If you would like more information on Bike/Ped or Bicycle Wausau, please contact Aaron at 715-261-1900.