“This project serves as a way to encourage people to utilize bicycling as a mode of transportation in West Bend,” says Bike Friendly West Bend President Jeff Puetz. “We’re excited to see it come to fruition and our group plans to offer bike loop tours in the future.”
Since 2016, Bike Friendly West Bend collaborated with the City of West Bend to develop and implement the bike route. The Common Council acted to install the loop in February 2021. The route is eight miles in total length. It is identified on roadways with signage and sharrow markers placed between 200 to 250 feet apart, in adherence with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation guidelines. Sharrows are not considered bike lanes, but instead serve as visual indicators to promote roadway sharing and to direct bicyclists traveling on the route.
“The City of West Bend is proud of the many businesses, cultural attractions, and public parks and trails that make our community a great place to live, work and play," said Mayor Christophe E. Jenkins. "Thanks to the dedication of Bike Friendly West Bend and its many supporters, this route accomplishes greater connectivity throughout the community while also encouraging an active lifestyle.”
Painting of the sharrows will be completed by the Department of Public Works over the next few weeks. The final version of the West Bend Loop includes adding a spur that extends west on Chestnut Street to University Drive, connecting the loop to UW-Washington County and Ridge Run Park. For more information about the West Bend Bike Loop visit www.ci.west-bend.wi.us/bikeloop.