Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baileys Harbor Begins Planning for Bikes

The Town of Baileys Harbor in Door County has partnered with the Bike Fed to complete a comprehensive bicycle plan for the town. I visited Baileys Harbor last week to begin assessing existing conditions in the area and determine what types of bicycle facilities will best fit the Town's needs.

The bicycle plan will focus on making cycling more accessible to residents of Baileys Harbor as well as the thousands of tourists who visit the area every year. The recent economic impact study of bicycling in Wisconsin demonstrated that bicycle tourism is big business in the state. Door County is already one of the top tourist destinations in the state and making the county safer for bicycling and more easily accessible by bicycle has the potential to increase this tourism while also improving conditions for local residents. The adjoining Town of Gibraltar and nearby Village of Egg Harbor have both adopted comprehensive bicycle plans developed by the Bike Fed within the past six months.

A public kickoff meeting for the plan will be held Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The final plan is expected to be complete late this summer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's been awhile since I've been to Door County. However, if this makes me want do some bike touring in Door County.

I hope Bailey Harbor's acceptance of cycling is contagious and transfers to other Door County towns.

Cullen (Appleton,WI)