ONALASKA, WI (WKBT) -

The City of Onalaska has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community.

The city received a Bronze Level award by the League of American Bicyclists. The award recognizes Onalaska’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

At the  November 12 City of Onalaska Common Council meeting, Mayor Joe Chilsen issued a proclamation in recognition of the Bike Friendly Designation. The city applied for the national recognition in June.

“Onalaska is playing a critical part in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Onalaska’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”

Onalaska recently completed a paved off-street path along Sand Lanke Road for bicyclists.

“This project provides a connection for bicyclists and pedestrians under two US Highway 53 bridges servicing the northern portion of the community,” said City of Onalaska Engineer Jarrod Holter. “In the upcoming year, we intend to paint 1,200 feet of double striping for bicycle lanes along County Road SS that will connect to existing city bicycle lanes along 12th Avenue South to the Wisconsin State Bike Trail and to the City of La Crosse’s accommodations along Enterprise Avenue.”