Signs point the way along new Willmar bike routes
The first two routes of the newly designed Willmar bike routes are up. All totaled, the city plans to install signage for 10 bike routes across the city.
WILLMAR — While winter weather might not be the best for a leisurely bike ride, for those adventurous enough to venture out, there are two new bike routes ready for them to explore in Willmar.
They are the first of 10 routes that make up the city's new pedestrian and bike route system approved by Willmar City Council in September. The system was designed by Chris Radel, of the Willmar Bikes advocacy group, with help from both the Willmar and Kandiyohi County Public Works departments.
The Green Norway Pine and Brown Turkey routes located on the northwest side of Willmar are now signed, pointing the way for riders and walkers. The green route goes from the intersection of Kandiyohi County Road 5 and 15th Avenue Northwest to Robbins Island Regional Park, while the Brown Turkey route starts in the same place but ends at Swansson Field Recreation Complex.
The signs for the first two routes were funded through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. The City Council did commit to paying any costs that SHIP and other grant opportunities don't cover so that the remaining eight routes can get signed as soon possible. The total cost for the new routes, which use already existing bike lanes and paths in town, is $10,500.