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Your Town Marshfield: City planners seek input from community for new bike paths

Local bikers can share their voices through town meetings, letters, and a community survey on the city website. Bikers can also identify routes they would enjoy on an interactive map.
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:53 AM CDT
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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) - The city of Marshfield is on a mission to make biking more accessible throughout town. City leaders are planning to add more bike and pedestrian trails, change biking policies and push for biking safety.

Bryce Hembrook with development services for the city of Marshfield is looking for community input.

Bikers can share their voices through town meetings, letters, and a community survey on the city website. Bikers can also identify routes they would enjoy on an interactive map. The city is also planning to meet bikers out on the trail to chat. Hembrook hopes that by including the community in the conversation, the city will get what it needs.

“Even though it is a smaller city, it is a growing city. So there is kind of a push to have some of those healthier and more active transportation options,” Hembrook said.

For those who don’t have a bike, they can soon rent one through the cities new app-based bike share program.

The River Riders Bike Share program was established by the Wisconsin Rapids community members who saw the need for additional transportation and recreation options in the city. Between 2014 and 2017, community-donated bikes were made available at multiple locations, and over 700 bike rides were logged. Now the bike share program is expanding to Marshfield.

To utilize the bikes, users download the Zagster App, sign up, follow the prompted instructions and scan the QR on the available bikes to unlock it from the rack. When done riding, users must bring the bike back to one of the racks around town and again follow prompts through the app to pay and lock up.

Bike racks will be set up at the Wildwood Park & Zoo, the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA, Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, and Marshfield Fairgrounds.

At this time the racks are empty. Organizers plan to have the bikes placed at each station in early June.

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