Friday, October 31, 2014

Allouez Avenue Trail Link Completion

The Village of Bellevue completed construction on the Allouez Avenue Trail in front of Target. We marked this milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30 at 10 am.  Target generously donated the land in order to complete the trail.  Village staff contacted Target and suggested the land donation.  Target puts great value in being involved with promoting community health, safety, and sustainability.  The land donation was a great example of using public and private partnership to provide projects to meet common goals and needs.

This 350 foot section was a gap along the trail will provide a link between the East River Trail and Costco to the south.  Later next year, Brown County will be extending the trail between Landmark Boulevard and Hoffman Road.  Upon that completion, destinations within the Village of Allouez, Bellevue and Ledgeview will all be connected together by sidewalks and trails.

These projects are part of an ongoing vision and planning that started years ago to provide non-motorists the ability to access points of destinations within and between communities.  As construction projects come into the design phase, the designs are compared to the plans and implemented.

"Over the past 6 years, the Village of Bellevue has installed over 2 miles of trails and 10 miles of sidewalks to allow non-motorists the ability to safely travel", said Bill Balke, Bellevue Public Works Director.  "Sidewalks and Trails is definitely an infrastructure that if you build it, they will use it.  We have seen an increase in non-motorized travel along roadways once the facilities are installed, especially families with younger children."

Sidewalks provide more freedom to people who cannot drive and do not feel comfortable walking in the road with high speed traffic.  Walks and trails provide more than a recreational and health value, they provide increased ability and independence for many different groups of people - young, old, disabled and many others.

"One of my most satisfying moments in my career came from a young person in a wheel chair, who personally thanked me for giving him the ability to safely travel to McDonalds on his own for an ice cream cone.  He mentioned his mom would not let him travel in the roadway (next to 40 mph+ traffic), Balke said.

Listed below are media coverage links of the October 30th trail ribbon cutting:

Channel 2- http://www.wbay.com/clip/10793831/bellevue-expands-east-river-trail
Channel 11- http://fox11online.com/2014/10/30/new-bike-trail-opens-in-bellevue/
Channel 26- http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/New-Allouez-Trail-Opening-281008222.htmlPress-Gazette- http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/silent-sports/2014/10/30/new-allouez-avenue-trail-links-allouez-east-river-trail-ledgeview/18188351/