Closing Comments for Forward La Crosse’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Online Map and Survey on Friday, November 24, 2023
La Crosse, WI (November 15, 2023): The City of La Crosse is concluding the first phase of public engagement for Forward La Crosse‘s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan online map and survey on Friday, November 24, 2023. Following the closure of this initial phase, the City of La Crosse will work with their consultant to consolidate the feedback and commence the drafting of various plan components, such as updated network maps and policy recommendations. These components will be made available for further public input in the future (TBA).
Since the launch of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan campaign in September, the website has seen substantial activity, with 2,250 users and 8,290 page views. These numbers have translated into 204 participants who have collectively contributed 818 valuable suggestions and comments on the public input map, pinpointing areas requiring enhancements for walking and bicycling. Furthermore, the online survey has garnered 224 responses.
Throughout the community feedback process, the campaign has been actively engaged in facilitating seven in-person feedback sessions, spanning the north side, south side, and central areas of La Crosse, Wisconsin. These efforts have also encompassed three open houses in La Crosse, attended by a total of 62 individuals. These open houses included multiple walk audits in which community members embarked on one-mile walking observations, providing intricate feedback on walking routes in south and north La Crosse.
In addition to these initiatives, there have been four pop-up engagement opportunities staged across the city, engaging approximately 100 people who passed by. These outreach events occurred at the King Street Farmer’s Market, the Burns Park Fall Celebration, the Student Union Clock Tower at UW-La Crosse, and a downtown holiday event, all contributing to the campaign’s ongoing success.
“An impressive turnout graced the recent open house and walk audit for The City of La Crosse’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, demonstrating the community’s strong engagement and commitment to shaping the future of our city’s cycling and walking infrastructure.”
To access additional details regarding the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan update, please visit the project’s website at forwardlacrosse.org. There, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an online survey and discover more ways to engage in the initiative.
About the City of La Crosse Planning and Development Department
The mission of the City of La Crosse Planning and Development Department is to improve the conditions of life in La Crosse through expert advisement of economic, environmental, and social data, through recommendations to the public, policymakers, and partners, and to foster a civic spirit that desires a condition of sustained improvement to the city for future generations. Services include Community Development & Housing, Economic Development, Heritage Preservation, and Planning.