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2035 Coulee Regional Bicycle Plan

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Vision, Goals and Objectives for Bicycling in the La Crosse Area

“Encourage and promote the availability and choice of human-powered transportation that will improve the health and safety of our citizens, the sustainability of our environment, and the economy of our region.”

Goal 1: Promote bicycling as a sustainable transportation alternative to driving.

Objective 1: Incorporate sustainability goals and initiatives into the transportation planning process and transportation plan.

Objective 2: Utilize the LAPC Web site to educate the public on the environmental and health benefits of bicycling.

Objective 3: Encourage bicycling as a year-round mode of transportation.

Strategy 1: Work with local municipalities to develop a bicycle facility maintenance program.

Strategy 2: Work with local employers and businesses to provide covered and/or indoor bicycle parking.

Strategy 3: Work with local employers and businesses to provide incentives for bicycle commuting such as reduced health care cost, flexible work schedules, and shower facilities.

Goal 2: Improve the mobility of bicyclists.

Objective 1: Ensure bicycle accommodations are designed into all roadway projects.

Strategy 1: Work with the DOTs and municipalities to include bicycle facilities in project design.

Strategy 2: Become involved in the planning and design of roadway projects earlier in the process.

Strategy 3: Work with communities to create roadway design and operations policies and standards for local projects.

Strategy 4: Encourage municipalities to utilize technologies that detect bicyclists at intersections.

Strategy 5: Encourage communities to adopt Complete Streets policies.

Objective 2: Provide bicycle accommodations on all arterial and collector roads, except where bicycles are prohibited.

Strategy 1: Recommend treatments in local plans for municipalities and DOTs to reference during the project planning process.

Strategy 2: Develop a program of providing bicycle accommodations on roads not part of a project.

Strategy 3: Utilize the Surface Transportation Program – Urban (STP-U) and Enhancement (STP-E) project prioritization processes.

Strategy 4: Promote regional connections in local projects.

Objective 3: Assist communities adopt policies and development standards that require bikeway connections/reserve greenbelts for bikeways within and between subdivisions.

Strategy 1: Develop a model ordinance for the provision of bicycle facilities in new development.

Objective 4: Increase the supply of public bicycle parking.

Strategy 1: Work with municipalities to dedicate on-street parking spaces to bicycle parking.

Strategy 2: Educate and incentivize local employers and businesses on how to provide good bicycle parking facilities.

Strategy 3: Explore non-traditional sources for funding facilities.

Strategy 4: Work with local artists to design attractive bicycle parking.

Objective 5: Enhance multimodal connections.

Strategy 1: Work with Amtrak to provide a rail car that accommodates bicycles on its Empire Builder and proposed Midwest Regional Rail service.

Strategy 2: Work with MTU and hotels to provide shuttle service between the Amtrak station and downtown La Crosse and hospitality establishments in the region.

Strategy 3: Create new access points and linkages between the street system and the trail system.

Strategy 4: Encourage planning that considers linkages among all modes.

Objective 6: Coordinate with active living and healthy communities groups to encourage employers and businesses to provide bicycle parking facilities and incentives for bicycle commuting.

Goal 3: Increase the safety of all bicyclists in the region.

Objective 1: Create a program to educate motorists and bicyclists of the rules of the road.

Strategy 1: Promote bicycle and pedestrian safety within the driver education process.

Strategy 2: Centralize state and local regulations on the LAPC Web site.

Objective 2: Work with the police departments to enforce bicycle-related laws.

Strategy 1: Encourage the police departments to participate on the BPAC.

Strategy 2: Provide opportunities for police officers to become better trained on bicycle regulations.

Strategy 3: Encourage bicycle advocates to document unsafe behaviors.

Objective 3: Monitor bicycle crash locations.

Strategy 1: Obtain crash data from State DOTs.

Strategy 2: Create a process for bicycle advocates to report on trouble spots.

Objective 4: Incorporate traffic calming practices into our roadway design.

Goal 4: Promote bike-friendly land-use policies.

Objective 1: Promote implementation of Coulee Visions.

Objective 2: Encourage communities to approve bike-friendly site plans.

Objective 3: Educate policy makers on bike-friendly land-use policies.

Goal 5: Make the La Crosse area a bicycling destination.

Objective 1: Create a network of on- and off-road bicycle facilities that connect together into a safe, purposeful transportation network.

Strategy 1: Work with municipalities and local bicycling clubs and groups to develop the area’s bicycling facilities.

Strategy 2: Work with local municipalities to obtain enhancement awards.

Strategy 3: Find innovative methods for funding facilities.

Strategy 4: Work with Amtrak to provide a railcar that accommodates bicycles on its Empire Builder and proposed Midwest Regional Rail service.

Strategy 5: Work with MTU and hotels to provide shuttle service between the Amtrak station and downtown La Crosse and hospitality establishments in the region.

Objective 2: Promote the region as a bicycling destination.

Strategy 1: Utilize the LAPC Web site.

Strategy 2: Create regional recreation and commuter bicycling maps.

Strategy 3: Coordinate with local and regional tourism and bicycle advocacy groups and organizations.

Strategy 4: Promote bicycling events in the region.
 

 

 

 

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