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Wausau ranked among most bike-friendly cities in the country


Wausau is one the country's most bicycle-friendly cities, according ww.bicycling.com.  The website lists Wausau second among all U.S. cities, and first among small cities.

"I think the city has responded very well in support of more bicycling," said city council member Patrick Peckham.

These are the efforts tat led to Wausau's top ranking

"There is more that could be done and I think we are going in that direction," Peckham said.

Peckham said there are already plans in the works to have more peddlers hit the streets.

"Just simple things like where a bicycle path begins don't put a rigid post because you can catch your handle bars on it, put a bendable plastic post to keep the vehicles out," Pechkam said.

He also said the city is working on redoing first avenue to make better bike markings and making more accommodations for bikers. 

Though city leaders like him are doing all that they can to make sure Wausau remains more bike friendly, some can argue the city doesn't deserve the high rankings.

"When I look at other cities, there are a lot of cities that have a lot higher percentage that commute," said Randy Lackman the owner of Rib Mountain Cycles. "Look at Madison or Minneapolis which aren't good cities to ride in because they are bigger but there are a lot more people riding."

According to bicycling.com the rankings takes into consideration a number of factors including how each city encourages,promotes and supports cycling.

One bicycling enthusiast thinks Wausau has done a great job hitting those measurements.

"10 years ago we didn't even have like a bike path so the fact that we have accelerated so much in those 10 years is the key metric that we achieved the status that we did," said Brian Kowalski a Wausau bicyclist. 

He thinks the city's plans will help bring more cyclers to get on their bike.

"If people see more bicyclist on the road they are more opted to do that themselves, Kowalski said.

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