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Wausau area leaders set to unveil addition to bike trails


More than 100 miles of bicycle trails run through seven cities and towns in the Wausau Metro area.

"They've been in the area for decades," Owner of Sprocketz Bike Shop John Nowaczyk said.

But, they haven't always been well promoted.

"We're tired of being one of the least friendly bike cities in the nation," Nowaczyk said.

That's why leaders from across the Wausau area partnered to create a project to showcase the trails, and get more people out on the road.

"We really want people to know that these things exists and that it's easy to get from one side of the community to the other," Marathon County Health Department spokesperson Judy Burrows said.

During the next month, community leaders say more than 600 signs will be put up throughout the county. The signs will map out the 10 different routes bicyclists can follow.

"These routes were originally chosen because of where they are, there's less traffic, so they are easier to ride through," Nowaczyk explained.

They've also designed a Wausau area bike map. It highlights each route, where it goes, and how long it is.

"The routes were designed to interconnect," Nowaczyk explained.

On Thursday community leaders plan to hold a news conference to officially announce the project. There they say they'll discuss how much it costs and how it's being paid for.

For now, though, bikers say they're just excited for safe places to ride.

"It's hugely important that more people get out and ride and enjoy what we have. It's only going to get better from here," Nowaczyk said.

The Wausau area bike map can be picked up at area bike shops like Sprocketz, or at city and village halls within the Wausau Metro area. Project leaders say the trails run along sidewalks, residential neighborhoods and even some off road trails.

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