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Bike Corridor Study Moves Forward

Local bike advocates featured at Bike Fed event 

Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (Bay-Lake RPC) has just begun a $127,000 feasibility study for an Egg Harbor-to-Sister Bay biking and pedestrian trail. That was the word from Egg Harbor (and beyond) Trails Initiative Facilitator Susan Stauber on May 2 after returning from panel discussions at a trailbuilder’s event in Madison hosted by the Wisconsin Bike Federation and Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation.

A Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Wis-DOT) Transportation Alternatives Program grant, secured by Travis Thyssen, Gibraltar town administrator, covered 80% of the study cost, and Stauber said Thyssen is pursuing other grants to cover further costs.

Heena Bhatt, Transportation Planner for Bay-Lake RPC, said the envisioned Bayshore Connectivity Trail is a roughly 16-mile, multi-jurisdictional project that will connect the north end of the Village of Egg Harbor to the south end of the Village of Sister Bay via the towns of Egg Harbor, Gibraltar, and Liberty Grove; a portion of Peninsula State Park, and the Village of Ephraim. 

Egg Harbor (and beyond) Trails Initiative Facilitator Susan Stauber provided this map of possible bicycling and pedestrian trail corridors in northern Door County. Submitted.

Bhatt said public input will be gathered through summer and fall of this year. Recommended trail options are expected to be available by early 2025, and open houses for the draft study should take place in early summer of 2025. Once the options are developed, people will have opportunities to again provide input during the early summer of 2025 through outreach events and open houses.  

Bay-Lake RPC staff also will attend farmers markets and other events in northern Door County, Bhatt said.

“Whenever possible, we’ll be joining Bay-Lake this summer and fall as they reach out to engage the community,” Stauber said. “This continues to be a united effort with lots of resource sharing back and forth between municipalities, Bay-Lake, stakeholders, supporters and volunteers.”

 To follow study updates and learn about public-outreach dates, visit bayshoretrail-doorcounty-baylakerpc.hub.arcgis.com.

Survey Says

Thyssen this week provided the basic questions that will appear on the surveys. Questions ask about things like age, where people reside or spend the most time, how often they walk or bike, what kind of trail they’d like and how often – and when – they’d use a multipurpose trail. The survey also asks about concerns with a potential trail, and whether respondents have children who attend or will attend the Gibraltar School District.

Featured at Bike Fed summit 

In April, Stauber, volunteer Greg De Tennis, and Chris Morgan, the National Park Service’s liaison for Egg Harbor, attended the Wisconsin Bike Federation Healthy Communities Summit. 

Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission has set the following timeline for a feasibility study for walking and bicycling routes linking Sister Bay and Egg Harbor. Submitted.

While there, Morgan and Stauber advised attendees on coalition-building and trail-building strategies. Stauber also served on the “Building Coalitions to Build Trails” panel, where she emphasized the importance of partnering with neighboring communities to reach common goals. 

Speakers included Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez, author/journalist Jessie Singer and Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

The Egg Harbor initiative has put out a new map of preferred trail corridors, both in the town and village of Egg Harbor and northward to Sister Bay. Stauber said that the map shows a route on County Road G between the beaches of Egg Harbor and Frank E. Murphy County Park, but her group will push for an off-road trail on one side or the other of Cty G where possible.