Bikeway and Trail Network Plan for Washington County

ADOPTED Washington County Bikeway and Trail Network Plan (June 2019)

Executive Summary  - Washington County Bikeway and Trail Network Plan   (June 2019)

The Plan as a Guide (November 2019)

STORYMAP - Bikeway and Trail Network Plan

Biking on the Eisenbahn Trail is a favorite activity on a sunny day

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced the award of the 2016-2020 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) to the Washington County Planning and Parks Department for the development of a Bike & Pedestrian Plan for Washington County. The Plan is being developed in an effort to increase opportunities for non-motorized vehicle transportation. The Plan will make recommendations to develop a countywide network of trails and routes as alternate modes of transportation that can be integrated into a user's daily routine. The Plan will focus on creating trails and routes that provide accessibility to essential services, such as schools, commercial centers and major employment centers as well as creating a trail network that provides varied recreational opportunities that are enjoyable for all residents.

The Plan will promote recommendations for policies, programs and ordinances that will support development of a safe and accessible network of trails which encourage active lifestyles in a way that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable for all users which considering connections between existing trails throughout the County and in adjoining counties. By providing connections to existing trails, Washington County residents will have access to a greater variety of opportunities and destinations.

The County has contracted with Toole Design Group and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to assist with the development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. 

Project Management Team
Deb Sielski Deputy Planning & Parks Administrator
Sydney Swan Planning & Parks
Kit Keller Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Sonia Dubielzig Haeckel Toole Design Group
Joe Delmagori SEWRPC
Chris Hiebert SEWRPC

Advisory Committee

It is anticipated that work on the Plan will commence in July 2018 and be completed by April 2019. An Advisory Committee is currently being formed to oversee the planning process with representatives from local governments, businesses, citizens, organizations, and State agencies. The Advisory Committee will be actively involved in the planning process, leading to greater understanding, involvement, and implementation of the countywide network of trails. It is anticipated that the Advisory Committee will have five meetings:

  • Meeting 2 September 12th 2018 - Review of existing conditions, opportunities, challenges and needs
  • Meeting 3 October 29th 2018 - Review of draft program, policy, and facility recommendations, and discussion of prioritization approach
  • Meeting 4 - Review of draft plan (focused on prioritization)
  • Meeting 5 - Review the final draft plan 

Advisory Committee Members
Dave Hanrahan  Bike Friendly West Bend
 Willie Karidis  Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
 Jessi Balcom  Village of Slinger
 Rich Ramsey  Pedal Moraine Cycle and Fitness
 Larry Ratayczak  Village of Germantown
 Rich Goeckner  Village of Newburg
 Al Schulties  Town of Polk
 Dave Rodd  West Bend Joint School District
 Jim Heipp  Town of West Bend
 Jason Schall  City of Hartford
 Chris Elbe  Town of Farmington
 Richard Bertram  Town of Barton
 Max Marecha  City of West Bend
 Joseph Gonnering  Town of Trenton
 Matt Heiser  Village of Kewaskum
 Daniel Zignego  Town of Erin
 Jennifer Keller  Village of Richfield
 Amy Maurer  Froedtert
 Roger Kist  Washington County
 Elaine Motl  Visit Washington County
 Corey Foerster  Alcore Bike Club
 Marcy Bishop  Town of Jackson
 Jennifer L. Guslick  Town of Germantown

Public Engagement

There will be two community outreach meetings.

A Plan Kickoff Workshop will be scheduled for August 2018 and will offer participants an opportunity to provide input in a workshop-style format. The Workshop will provide opportunities to:

  • Gauge residents' preference for different types of bicycle and pedestrian facilities 
  • Provide input on factors that impact a person's choice to walk or bicycle for a trip
  • Identify opportunities, challenges and needs for bicycling in the County
  • Define prioritization criteria for potential bicycle and pedestrian projects

A Public Open House will be scheduled for January 2019 and will allow participants to:

  • Review and provide comment on recommended bicycle and pedestrian routes and facilities; and
  • Provide comment on overall draft Plan and recommendations.
  • The Open House will include a brief presentation about the Draft Plan. 

There will also be numerous public engagement opportunities throughout the planning process at events and through an interactive web-based map. More information on ways to be involved in the process will be made available online and announced through social media. To sign up for plan updates or to provide comments on the plan itself please contact us via email.

For more information please contact Debora Sielski at 262-335-4445.

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