Celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week 2020 in the Fox Cities

Celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week from September 12-20 in the Fox Cities. Whether pedaling on picturesque country roads, exploring some of the more than 100 miles of local trails, or slow rolling through our vibrant downtowns, you'll find plenty of places to explore on two wheels.

Wisconsin Bike Week 2020

Looking for the best and most simple way to celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week 2020? Bike. The Fox Cities is home to more than 100 miles of trails, well-maintained country roads, and city bike lanes that will make your pedaling adventure easy and safe.

Ride a segment, or the whole stretch, of the Wiouwash State Recreation Trail, which cuts through farmlands, prairies, and tree canopies in the western Fox Cities countryside. Built on a former rail corridor, this crushed limestone trail travels nearly 22 miles from Hortonville to Oshkosh with parking and trailheads at numerous junctions along the way, including Hortonville, Medina Junction, Larsen, Oshkosh, and others. You'll enjoy the crispness of the fall air and wide open space of this trail.

Take your ride over the water on the family-friendly Loop the Lake Trail. At 3.5 miles, this trail connects three Fox Cities communities, features four trestle bridges, and cuts through multiple family-friendly public parks, all while looping the lower portion of Little Lake Butte des Morts. Just a few blocks away from the looping trail, swing by Lemon Loves Lime in downtown Menasha for an ice cream treat, or stop for a coffee at Lawlss Coffee, a bakery treat at Great Harvest Bread Co., or a meal and brew at Greene's Pour House in downtown Neenah.

Put on the miles at High Cliff State Park. With winding roads through the park and connecting country roads, choose the intensity of your ride, while enjoying the changing fall colors, views of Lake Winnebago, and historical remnants at this Fox Cities Original.

For more ride ideas, check out 5 Great Fox Cities Rides, as recommended by Fox Cities Greenways here, or search the Fox Cities CVB trail directory here.

Scheels/Fox River Mall

Get the gear at local shops.
Bike shops in the Fox Cities have the gear and expertise to get you on the saddle and riding well. Avid cyclists and recreational riders alike can find their biking needs met all while supporting Fox Cities retailers and local businesses.

Appleton Bike Shop
Active Bike & Fitness
Chain Reaction Cyclery
Cranked Bike Studio
Gear 'N Up, Neenah
Recyclist Bicycle Co.
Wheel and Sprocket, Appleton
Scheels Sporting Goods

For a directory of other Fox Cities shops and retailers, click here.

Wiouwash State Recreation Trail

Pedal for a cause.
In partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Week's initiative to pedal forward, Wisconsin, and fight food insecurity throughout the state, the Fox Cities bike week coalition is hosting food donation drives at participating local bike shops. Bike to or drop off non-perishable food items at any of the participating local bike shops between September 12-20, or make a give-back ride of it by biking to all seven and donating at each: Appleton Bike Shop, Active Bike & Fitness, Chain Reaction Cyclery, Cranked Bike Studio, Gear 'N Up, Neenah, Recyclist Bicycle Co., and Wheel and Sprocket, Appleton. All donations dropped off at a participating Fox Cities bike shops will be donated to St. Joseph's Food Program, which is dedicated to fighting hunger and sustaining hope by supplementing nutritional needs for those in need throughout the greater Fox Cities region.

For a list of non-perishable food items and other donation suggestions, click here. While riding for good, take a picture and share with the Wisconsin Bike Fed on social using #PedalforGOODWI.

Loop the Lake

Keep an eye on the horizon.
The network of trails in Fox Cities keeps moving forward. Trail growth is the result of ongoing collaboration, creativity, and community-mindedness from organizations and people across our communities. The Fox Cities CVB Tourism Development Grant has supported many Fox Cities trail development projects over the years, including Loop the Lake, Fox Cities Trestle, and Hwy. 41 Pedestrian Overpass.

The Lawe Street Trestle recently opened only the Fox River in downtown Appleton, further connecting the Newberry/North Island/Fox Trot Trails and riverside neighborhoods and downtown.

Construction has begun on the David and Rita Nelson Family Heritage Crossing, which is a multi-use, 1,100 ft. pedestrian bridge over the Fox River that will connect Heesakker Park in Little Chute and a new trail in Kaukauna set to open in June 2020.

Other projects and ideas continue to be discussed and will add to the remarkable trail network already in the Fox Cities.

Fall in the Fox Cities features biking through High Cliff State Park and country roads in the western part of the Fox Cities. For more fall travel ideas in the Fox Cities, click here.

Biking brings families together. Follow one family's ride through downtown Menasha earlier this year to celebrate dads ... ice cream stop included at Lemon Loves Lime!

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