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How To Get Out In Greenfield For Wisconsin Bike Week

Patch logo Patch 6 days ago John Quinnies
a bicycle parked on the side: Wisconsin Bike Fed, a statewide bicycle advocacy group, has made Sept. 13-17 Wisconsin Bike Week. © Shutterstock Wisconsin Bike Fed, a statewide bicycle advocacy group, has made Sept. 13-17 Wisconsin Bike Week.

GREENFIELD, WI — This week is Wisconsin Bike Week. The annual event, which comes a bit late this year, marks Wisconsin's love of bikes and sets aside a week to do just that.

Wisconsin Bike Fed, a statewide bicycle advocacy group, holds the event each year. The program brings coordination between Bike Fed and local groups across the state for a week full of celebrating bikes.

Whether it's long-haul trips, mountain biking or a nice leisurely ride, there's something for everyone.

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Accessing Trails From Greenfield

The easiest trail to access is the Root River Trail. Trailheads with parking can be found along Root River Parkway. The trail can also be accessed at The Rock Sports Complex.

Where To Go

The various trails Milwaukee County offers can take someone miles in all directions, so the only concern is where to go. Here are a few landmarks in the county that are either accessible by bike trails or easy to get to using trails:

  • Lake Michigan and parks such as Grant Park and Bradford Beach.
  • The Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Root River Parkway
  • Franklin Field and The Rock
  • State Fair Grounds
  • American Family Field
  • Boerner Botanical Gardens

The best way to plan a trip is by checking out the resources and maps of Milwaukee County's trail system. Learn more here.

You can also check out a map of Milwaukee County's trail systems here.

A more comprehensive map can be seen here.

Looking For Mountain Biking?

In Greenfield's backyard, Franklin, there is one of Milwaukee County's few mountain biking trails, the Kegel Alpha Trail. It's accessible by a parking lot at Rock Sports Complex or 6740 S 92nd Street.

Trail-users should ride counter-clockwise and should avoid the trail when it is wet, according to TravelWisconsin.com.

Streets To Avoid

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation put together a map that conveys the best parts of the county to bike in, but also the worst. Main highways with high traffic volumes should be avoided, according to WisDOT's map.

As a rule of thumb, roads with a lot of cars and no bike lanes are not as great for riding. Luckily, Milwaukee County's trail system helps to avoid that.

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