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Cycling safely on Sand Lake Road


ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The stop sign at the end of the ramp leading off Highway 53 in Onalaska will soon be removed.

It's meant to improve north traffic flow onto Sand Lake Road.

But for cyclists, it may mean taking a few extra steps to make sure they're safely on a bike trail.  

"So it'll be a little bit more difficult for motorists to see bicyclists traveling in the lane, a little bit easier to be overlooked," said Carolyn Dvorak, Southwest Regional Director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed.

Dvorak is an avid biker herself. So she's encouraging cyclists to take a few extra steps to be safe traveling north on Sand Lake Road.

They include exiting the bike lane at Redwood Street, making a left turn at the corner, then proceeding onto the cycle-friendly trail from Redwood Street to Riders Club Road.

It is also possible to walk a bike through the pedestrian cross-walk onto the trail.

The path is a project the city of Onalaska finished last month to make the road pedestrian and biker-accessible, said Assistant City Engineer Kevin Schubert.

Schubert said while there's already one cycle-friendly trail, a sidewalk on the opposite side of the road isn't likely.

"This is technically the county road once you get north of Redwood (Street) in the City of Onalaska. So that would be more of a county issue."

The city had to get county permission to build this sidewalk.

But there are plans in the work to add more shoulders to Sand Lake Road so it becomes more bicycle-accessible.

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