Bicycle Friendly La Crosse
La Crosse was the first city in the State to do a city-wide safe routes to school program. All physical education instructors at the middle and high schools have been trained by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. The district is currently working on certifying its own instructors with one of their physical education teachers who has advanced training and certification. The La Crosse School District has been teaching bicycle safety to children for the last 7-8 years. They won a federal grant to purchase 80 bicycles, helmets and supplies to teach children about bicycle safety. The city has invested $60,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to develop a city-wide Safe Routes to School Plan.
La Crosse was the first city in Wisconsin to have bike racks installed on all buses. La Crosse adopted a Bicycle Plan in 1994, and as a result of that plan established a Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and hosted the Governor’s Bicycle Conference. The city will break ground on a Downtown Mixed-Use Transit Center in September 2007 which will include bicycle parking (bike racks and bike lockers). This will be the first transit center of its kind in the state. La Crosse was one of the first in region to install bicycle detection loops at actuated intersections located on bike routes. The city now requires the installation of video detection systems at all new fully actuated traffic signals.
Recently the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin visited La Crosse to present awards for our Silver-Level designation for Bicycle Friendly Community and to our new Bicycle Friendly Businesses(BFB). La Crosse now has the greatest amount of BFB’s per capita of any city in Wisconsin.
Bicycle Friendly Businesses:
- Candlewood Suites new
- Dairyland Power Cooperative new
- Gundersen Lutheran Health System- La Crosse new
- Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare new
- SAP Labs La Crosse
- Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions
- Western Technical College new
- Gundersen Lutheran - Onalaska new
- Logistics Health Inc. new
- School District of Onalaska new