Study finds bike improvements could give financial benefit to La Crosse

The La Crosse area could see a financial benefit of about $300 million by following the city’s 2012 bicycle and pedestrian master plan.

La Crosse’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee released a study Tuesday making the recommendation to follow the 2012 plan.

The savings are calculated from health care cost savings, infrastructure savings and financial benefits to home owners.

The La Crosse planning department staff say the benefits are more than just money.

“It gives people the opportunity to feel safe while bicycling and walking. It gives people connectivity with their neighbors, with their downtown, with all their home owners around them,” said Jack Zabrowski with the La Crosse Planning Department.

The 2012 plan suggested adding 91 miles of bike friendly roads and trails throughout La Crosse.

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