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 River Valley Trails Bicycle Group

River Valley Trails Bicycle Group is a loose organization of bicyclists from Western St. Croix and Pierce Counties in Wisconsin. We are dedicated to enjoying and spreading the opportunities for riding. The group is sponsored by River Valley Trails and uses their web site to organize and publicize group rides throughout the season. The group also helps sponsor the annual Autumn Trek out of River Falls.

Have a say in the Planning of Bike Trails in St. Croix County

St. Croix County is gathering information to update its Bike & Pedestrian Plan. If you want to know what’s happening during the update or receive email updates, go to the project web site. If you want to contribute to the discussion about where trails should go (or not go), take a moment to open the Wiki Map feature on the project web site or go directly to Wiki Map. Wiki Map will be available through November

If you would like to help by informing more people about our efforts, go to the “Meeting in a Box” feature of the project work. See information on the project web site.

The St. Croix County’s contact can be reached through email

Your participation in this process will help the county create a new, vibrant bicycle/pedestrian plan for St. Croix County.

River Valley Trails Additional Plans for 2019 Include:

  • Cycling Without Age
  • Participate on the Lift and Loop team to promote Loop Trail activities and promotions
  • Bike Rack and Repair Station placements for City of Hudson, Loop Trail Trailhead and Hudson School System Safe Routes to School

River Valley Trails 2018 Activities Include:

  • Member of Hudson and River Falls Chambers of Commerce
  • Serve on St. Croix County Bicycle/Ped Advisory Committee
  • Conduct 21st annual Autumn Trek Bicycle Ride in River Falls, WI
  • Two representative serve on the Hudson Bicycle Advisory Committee which was proposed by River Valley Trails
  • Work actively with City of Hudson and St. Croix County staff to advance bicycle/pedestrian projects and promote bicycle/pedestrian safety and education projects
  • Work with City of Hudson, Hudson School District and County to provide bicycle racks and repair stations at a variety of locations – the loop trail, Hudson Schools and locations throughout the City of Hudson
  • Attend Bike Minnesota and Wisconsin Bike Federation seminars to increase knowledge of current bicycle/pedestrian opportunities and practices
  • Participate in Safe Ride to School Day by conducting a bike rodeo and safety presentation at Prescott middle school
  • Provide a bicycle/pedestrian safety and education booth at community events – such as Neighbors Night Out
  • Partner with Hudson Hospital, Healthier You, Art Doyle, Hudson Police, YMCA and more to conduct annual Bike Rodeo where we also donate a free bike and helmet
  • Work with “Healthier Together on their Bike/Walk to School project. Donate a bicycle and helmet to be given away at this event
  • Participate in 100 Bike Give-away by conducting a Bike Rodeo sponsored by Allina
  • Pursue Cycling Without Age Project.

Ongoing and Prior Activities Include:

  • Conduct “Message in a Box” presentations for St. Croix County Bicycle/Ped Advisory Committee.
  • Purchase and install Bicycle Rack and Repair Station at Lakefront Park, Hudson. Also, place bike racks in other locations in the Hudson area.
  • Work with City of Hudson to recommend street improvements and crosswalk improvements to make bicycling and walking in Hudson safer
  • Work with City of River Falls officials to suggest appropriate bicycle projects
  • Work with Osceola as advisor on their trailhead/crosswalk project
  • Fund bicycle related YMCA Youth Projects
  • Provide bicycle trail maps to Hudson and River Falls’ chambers for visiting bicyclists.
  • Connect with national, state and local bicycle/pedestrian advocacy groups
  • Attend educational summits and seminars and other bicycle/pedestrian related activities
  • Conduct/participate in educational programs/events
  • Sponsor, plan and conduct annual Autumn Trek Bicycle
  • Promote off-road, single track. Bicycle teams and other bicycle interests to encourage the advantage of connectivity among all bicycle/pedestrian interests
  • Promote recreational bike rides keeping diversity in mind
  • Organize diversified group of bicycle non-profits to present their interests at RiverFest Thursday event
  • Attend classes and seminars that relate to safe biking and walking and and bikable communities
  • Partner with ADA, health related groups and other similar organizations to enhance our reach and impact.
  • Improve opportunities to provide fun, educational and recreational opportunities for all ages in our St. Croix River Valley

Impact on a Community

Safety:  Through bike rodeos, River Valley Trails provides safety education for young riders.  River Valley Trails also distributes and fits bicycle helmets at these events. From 2015-2018, we gave away a bicycle and helmet through a drawing from all participants’ registration forms. We also gave away a bicycle and helmet to a participant at the Bike to School event during those years.  We will continue to do both.

River Valley Trails works with municipalities to encourage/advise ways to make roads and paths safer and more user friendly for bicycles and pedestrians.  In 2015, we brought a major bicycle expert from the League of American Bicyclists to River Falls to speak to leaders about ways to upgrade River Falls’ Bicycle Friendly status.  This presentation was handled through the Chamber, Park Board and other municipal departments. In 2017, we did the same thing in Hudson.

 In 2015, River Valley Trails proposed a Bicycle Advisory Committee for Hudson.  That Committee was approved and staffed, and is now meeting.

Tourism:  River Valley Trails conducts and support events that bring visitors into our area; working through the Chambers and other partners and by creating our own events, such as the Autumn Trek, bike rodeos and information booths.

Economic impact: Bicycle tourism in Wisconsin is estimated to be over $900 million in 2010.  Local businesses that benefit the most in revenues are lodging establishments, restaurants, gasoline stations, grocery stores, retail outlets and amusement businesses.  You just have to look across the river to see the tourism benefits of the Brown Creek Trail and Loop Trail amenities in Stillwater, MN.

Health:  A current statistic states that 38% of Americans are obese.  The health benefits of being able to walk or bicycle to a destination are recognized by all.  River Valley Trails partners with Hudson Hospital and Healthier Together to create and sponsor education, safety and health focused activities and events.

Community:  Well planned, designed and implemented bicycle and pedestrian paths in a community make that community more livable and desirable, thus increasing its appeal to home buyers, businesses and industry looking for a place to relocate.

Volunteer Driven:

River Valley Trails is a totally volunteer organization with no paid position.

Check out these resources

 

Bicycling Advocacy
League of American Bicyclists
Wisconsin Bike Fed

Bike Shops
CrankWorx, River Falls
Spokes & Pedals, Hudson

Bike Safety
A nice guide to bike safety.

Commuting By Bike: Safety Guide & Tips
Wisconsin Bike Federation.
Article on the benefits of wearing a helmet.
League of American Bicyclists
Wisconsin DOT
American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
Extreme Sports Safety Guide
CDC Head Injury Prevention Guide

Bike Groups
Two Spoke
League of American Bicyclists

Minnesota Department of Transportation – Links