To develop an extensive network of off road pedestrian and bicycling facilities to serve Winnebago community members.
1. Develop a comprehensive trails plan. While taking advantage of existing or potential corridors, our consultant will develop an overview of the future trail network that, to the extent possible, connects the different neighborhoods and major attractions of the community.
2. Identify key specific trail corridors that can be the focus of initial attention to serve as the starting point of a trail network. These should combine a balance of relative ease of implementation, attractiveness, and maximum utility. Priority will be placed with establishing trails where necessary to protect the safety of pedestrians' and bicyclists' current uses.
3 Design trails to take into consideration a variety or use, safety, aesthetic, accessibility and environmental elements. Use and safety should determine the location and size of the trails. The need for fences, guardrails, shoulders, slope and pitch on curves should be evaluated to ensure safety of all users. The trails should look good in the context of the natural environment and be landscaped appropriately. It is important that trail network designs mesh with the landscape and built environment of adjacent landowners and the overall system. Special needs should be considered to ensure all potential users are accommodated. Environmental factors should be considered, especially around water habitats, wetlands, soil conservation areas, and high-risk erosion areas.
4. Create a mechanism for implementing trails as conditions of development and too generate landowner/occupier support. It may be necessary to change development regulations to require developers to include trails in their plans. It is often the case that once developers, landowners, and residence occupants see the commercial and other benefits of trails, they will support them without question.
5. Prioritize future trail development needs and budget for a long-term investment. Once initial trails have been built and a constituency begins to grow, interest in future trail projects will likely grow as well. A detailed work plan should involve sequential implementation of the overall network over a period of years. A budget for the program should be established and an appropriate staff-person should be placed in charge of the program.
6. Evaluate the results. Keep track of the results, such as the number of miles of trail developed and identify gaps in the system that need to be bridged. It may be useful to install bicycle counters in the trail surface at key locations in order to keep ongoing records of bicycle use. Survey users regarding their satisfaction with the improvements and their ideas for future work. In addition, on a routine basis identify hazardous locations and danger sites and identify necessary measures to solve such problems.