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About

Why this plan?

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In an effort to create a more walkable and bikeable community, the Town of Holland has embarked on a bicycle and pedestrian plan. During the Town’s comprehensive planning process in 2020 and 2021, the Town set as an objective:

“Improve and expand the existing trail system to encourage bicycling, walking, and jogging for recreational use and non-vehicular travel to work, school, and leisure activities while also improving safety within the community.”

This objective was determined in part by feedback through a community survey that hiking trails and biking routes are the top two transportation opportunities residents want to see expanded.

The Town received a $36,000 grant through the La Crosse Area Planning Committee’s Local Studies Program, with funding from the Federal Highway Administration and Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Town is providing a $9,000 match for a total project budget of $45,000. The Town selected Toole Design, a firm that specializes in the design of walking and bicycling facilities, to perform the study.

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Mission

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What will it cover?

The Holland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will include goals, objectives, and policies to improve bicycling and walking. The plan will include network recommendations, along with a schedule, cost estimates, and funding sources.

After an initial review of existing conditions, public input opportunities will take place at an open house, three focus groups, and through an online survey. Feedback from the community will help to formulate the plan’s recommendations. The Town of Holland Ad-Hoc Trail Development Committee, which is made up of Town residents, will meet four times throughout the project to guide the effort.

The plan will be drafted in the fall of 2022, with Town Board input and adoption scheduled to occur by the end of 2022.

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