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‘Milwaukee Active Streets’ partnership to provide safe spaces for residents to walk, bike, run

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:17:14-04

Milwaukee County officials announced a joint initiative with the City of Milwaukee Friday, providing additional access to temporary recreation spaces for citizens to safely engage in activities like walking, biking, or running.

The newly announced program called "Milwaukee Active Streets," overseen by the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and Milwaukee County Parks, will temporarily close or limit vehicle traffic on roughly 10 miles of streets throughout the area for improved bicycle and pedestrian use, to be phased in over the next couple of weeks.

“While we have asked residents to stay home and eliminate unnecessary travel under the Safer at Home Order, we do encourage people to get outside and engage in physical activity near their homes," said City of Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Jeanette Kowalik.

In many neighborhoods, however, outdoor space is limited, and parks, trails, and sidewalks can easily become crowded, making it difficult for people to maintain the recommended minimum 6-foot physical distancing separation. The City and the County have both seen significant increases in trail usage over the past month as compared to last year, and these numbers are expected to continue growing as the weather warms.

Here's a map of the newly announced locations:

For more information on Milwaukee Active Streets, click here.

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