Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

 

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About the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
The Chippewa-Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Area encompasses approximately 162 square miles with an estimated 2010 population of 111,905 people. The planning area includes theMPO Boundary cities of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Altoona; the Village of Lake Hallie; as well as portions of the towns of Brunswick, Pleasant Valley, Seymour, Union, and Washington in Eau Claire County; and Anson, Eagle Point, Hallie, Lafayette, Tilden, and Wheaton in Chippewa County.  

The purpose of the MPO is to carry out a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive urban transportation planning process that results in plans and programs consistent with the comprehensively planned development of the Eau Claire Urbanized area and thereby satisfies the conditions necessary for the receipt of federal transportation funding for capital, operating, and planning assistance. 

About the Plan

The MPO is planning for the future of bicycle and pedestrian transportation in the Metropolitan Planning Area. This plan will address the metropolitan area as a whole and recommend actions that governments, agencies, and groups may apply.

The new plan will build on the existing bicycle and pedestrian plans, policies, and infrastructure of the MPO and member governments. The plan will:

  • Further develop a network of bikeways that connect within and across the metropolitan area and examine pedestrian hotspots  
  • Promote programs that educate the public about street safety and encourage people to walk and bike  
  • Recommend policies to strengthen governments’ engineering approach and enforcement actions on behalf of bicyclists and pedestrians  

Download the one-page information sheet about the plan.

Please help us develop this plan by learning more with the information included here and providing your ideas and input.

  • Share your experience as a bicyclist and pedestrian by adding to our online map of routes, destinations, and barriers - our WikiMap. 
  • Take our survey to help us learn about your walking and biking habits and suggestions for improving walking and biking here. 
  • Sign up to join the Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan email list.  Join Bike list
Plan Documents

Public Meetings
Share your thoughts and experiences about walking and biking in the Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire area to influence the new metropolitan bicycle and pedestrian planning effort. These open houses will present information about walking and biking issues and ask for your suggestions for improvements to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, programs, and policies.  

  • Open House: Monday, August 29, Chippewa Falls City Hall (30 W. Central St.), 5:00-6:30 PM with a presentation at 5:30 
  • Open House: Thursday, September 8, Altoona City Hall (1303 Lynn Ave.), 4:00-6:30 PM, together with Altoona’s Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan 

Why are Biking and Walking Important?

  •  Transportation Equity 
    • One out of three people do not drive 
      • Young 
      • Aging 
      • Economically disadvantaged 
      • Unable to drive 
      • Choose not to drive 
    • Provides transportation mode choice 
  • Quality of Life 
    • Exercise 
    • Sense of Place 
    • Reduce Congestion 
    • Environment 
  • Improve Efficiency 
    • Of all trips, 50% are less than 3 miles 
    • Of all trips, 28% are less than 1 mile 
      • 60% of these trips are driven
  • Overall Safety
    • Reduce bike, pedestrian injuries/fatalities
      •  ∼10% of fatal traffic crashes in Wisconsin involve a pedestrian (∼50 per year, 55 in 2015)
      • ∼2% of fatal traffic crashes in Wisconsin involve a bicyclist (∼10 per year, 15 in 2015)
Informational Posters
(Posters are formatted 2 feet by 3 feet and can be viewed well on a computer screen) 
Existing Plans
Advisory Team Members

Contact
For more information, to share an idea, or to comment on the plan, please contact Jason Duba, Assistant Transportation Planner, West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

jduba@wcwrpc.org or call 715-836-2918, Ext. 15.