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Bike to the Meet effort aims to reduce traffic

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The WIAA State Track & Field Meet returns to La Crosse on Friday and Saturday, which means UW-La Crosse will be a hub of activity for the next few days.

Getting to the meet will take some time; that's why some are suggesting residents and visitors might want to take their bikes to the meet. The effort started last year as a collaboration between a whole host of organizations including the university, WIAA and Bicycle La Crosse.

"We've put up maps and routes so you can ride like a local without being a local," said James Longhurst.

It's an effort getting a boost thanks to the WIAA website.

Dennis Rodenberg said, "And once they get here we've created some signage to direct them to parking, and we'll have some covered bike parking for them."

And while it may require a little more effort and planning ahead of time, those involved say might just pay off.

"As you're waiting in line to pay $8 to park maybe you think there's a better way to get here," said Rodenberg.

Carolyn Dvorak said, "It's such an easy city. It's flat; everything's within just a couple of miles."

Plenty will still choose to drive to the meet, of course. UW-La Crosse Police are patrolling traffic all weekend, allowing only three entrances to campus. You can find the map here.

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