Spring is in the air! Tell us about your biking and walking…

Portage County is developing a Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and needs your help! An online survey is available to help assess the walking and biking habits of County residents and find out what barriers they face to walking and bicycling more. The brief survey should take no more than 15 minutes and is available until May 31.

The survey is available here: http://tinyurl.com/PoCo-BikePedSurvey.

The interactive map for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is also still available! This map allows participants to note on a Google Map where they walk and bike and issues with walking and biking that they encounter in Portage County.

If you haven’t already, please visit the interactive map: http://tinyurl.com/PoCo-BikePedMap.


Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts Volunteers Needed!

We are still looking for Volunteers to participate in our Bicycle and Pedestrian Count on May 7th from 3:30 – 5:30.   If you want to volunteer for this, the Planning and Zoning Department will be holding a training with week prior on May 2 at 1:30 pm in Conference Room 5 for new volunteers.  Please contact Sarah Wallace at 715-346-1334 or wallaces@co.portage.wi.us. See post on April 1st for count locations.

Thanks to all of our Volunteers!


It’s almost that time of year again!

Registration Is Open For The 2013 National Bike Challenge!

Registration is open for this nation-wide bicycling challenge. Run by the League of American Bicyclists through Endomondo.com (and their free app), the concept is pretty simple:

  1. Register.
  2. Create or join a team, or ride solo.
  3. Log the miles you bike this summer – to work, to the store, on the weekend, etc.
  4. See how far you bike this summer, and how your team, workplace, and/or community stack up against the rest of the country.

There are prizes for hitting point milestones. You accumulate points by biking, and the system rewards bicycling frequency more than bicycling distance. But the real reward is a summer of enjoying yourself on your bicycle!

 Ready to ride? Join the National Bike Challenge!

Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

It is that time a year again that the Portage County Planning and Zoning Office will be coordinating Bicycle and Pedestrian counts across the County.  This spring’s count is scheduled for TUESDAY MAY 7 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  Please contact Sarah Wallace at 715-346-1334 or by email at wallaces@co.portage.wi.us to volunteer your time.
The County started participating in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (http://bikepeddocumentation.org/) in the fall of 2011.  At that time the County held a train the trainer for volunteers that wanted to participate.  Since that time, new volunteers are paired up at a location with another volunteer or meet with Sarah prior to count day to ensure consistency in the counts from year to year and person to person. You can find count locations on this NBPD Count Day Sign-up.