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Bike and Pedestrian Paths Are Expecting Changes

By: Kristina Szews Email
By: Kristina Szews Email

With the price of gasoline projected to reach $4 a gallon this summer, some Wausau residents are choosing a different mode of transportation.

Locals are pedaling their way to save a buck, and area parks are helping too.

Many people ride a bike to work or other destinations to exercise and to save money.

Biking can be a great way to enjoy the scenic route especially when there are paths like these to take you on a journey.

In the last year, The Marathon County committee in charge of the bike paths has introduced several ways to improve current paths, and provide access to more bike routes.

Dave Mack with the Transportation Planning Committee says, "Were taking the existing facilities that we have, along with the different walking paths and trying to combine each of them together so we can close in all the gaps and create linkages for people to be able to walk and bike in the area"

Mack says taxpayers in Marathon County will have to decide if the changes are necessary, but some people who use the paths say there's nothing like riding to work every day in the fresh air.

Wausau Police Officer Mark Timken says, "It’s a part of an active lifestyle, I found it to be distressing actually I enjoy the early morning ride into work"

Timken says riding his bike has even encouraged a few co-workers to bike to work as well.
A meeting will be held Thursday May 22nd at 5:30 at 212 River Drive in Wausau.


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