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Bike trail improvements coming in Appleton, Oshkosh

APPLETON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Thanks to a state grant, Fox Valley officials will try to establish consistent bicycle-and-walking trails between the Oshkosh and Appleton areas. The state D-O-T has provided $120,000 to help connect existing trails between the two cities -- and a number of places within those areas.

Regional transportation planner Melissa Kraemer Badtke says there are too many places where bike paths are interrupted by street facilities, and vice versa. She said a rebuilding project on Highway 41 resulted in a new-and-improved trail at Lake Butte des Morts near Oshkosh -- but it does not connect with either U-W Oshkosh or the city's downtown.

Besides trail plans, the grant may also cover things like trail safety tips and recreation classes.