Who Uses The Trail?

A Run On The Trail

A biker makes her way on the trail for an errand.

A biker makes her way on the trail for an errand.

Trail Users

 A young couple jogging together.

A young couple jogging together.


Have you ever wondered who really uses a rail-trail?   On a fine June afternoon, while on an assignment for the Marathon County Health Department to do bicycle and pedestrian traffic surveys.  I chose to take a seat at the Mountain-Bay State Trail’s intersection with Zinser Street in the Village of Weston.  My survey showed a wide variety of users as bicyclists, runners, and a few walkers.

Whether taking just a mere jog, a short hop on a bike to work, to the store, rail-trails like the Mountain-Bay provide a safe off-road link for all users.   Here on this end in the Wausau metro area, the Mountain-Bay is becoming an important link  to a network of bike routes and off-road trails extending throughout the area.

Traffic is shown here using both the asphalt paved walkway and the crushed limestone paved trail in the Village of Weston.  A run, walk, or bike ride, on a rail-trail is a healthy way to exercise off-road, and away from automobile traffic.

Issues related to rail-trails and their usage are being posted on Facebook on the Friends of the Mountain-Bay State Trail page.   Watch for it!


One Response to Who Uses The Trail?
  1. Helen Pagenkopf
    June 12, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    For sure Andy! We are so lucky to have the trail in our back yard!

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