Summit Furthered Bike Route Discussion

Bike enthusiasts know the pleasures and perils of cycling in Door County. Keeping cyclists safe, developing better connectivity between towns and villages, and attracting more bicyclists to Door County are just a few of the goals articulated at the first Door County Bike Summit held May 14 at City Hall in Sturgeon Bay.

The summit was a forum for DCSSA to bring together local civic leaders, residents and bicycle experts. Reed Dunbar and Sarah Gaskell, project consultants from Schreiber and Anderson in Madison, presented the latest trends in implementing bicycle planning, grant funding opportunities and the economic benefits for communities that take advantage of those opportunities.

“We heard from the Door County City Administrator, the Mayor and the City Engineer of Sturgeon Bay, the Village of Egg Harbor Administrator, members of the Town of Gibraltar planning commission and many local residents eager to develop a county wide bike plan,” said Bob Dickson, president of Door County Silent Sports Alliance. “We believe that this meeting was the first step to work with local officials in promoting a more bicycle-friendly Door County. Just getting everyone together to talk about these issues and the positive economic impact for Door County was a huge success for us.”