SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, WI (WHBL) - The building of more sidewalks, trails and bike lanes in Sheboygan County has led to more walkers and bicyclists. A recent report for the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program shows the county has seen an increase in those walking by 85 percent since 2007, and those biking are up at time by 15 percent.
Aaron Brault with the county Planning and Conservation Department said the projects they have completed and still have planned were designed to give people more opportunities to walk and bike in a safe environment, and they have used them. He added the participation numbers for the county may actually be lower than what was reported since it is tough to accurately count all users.
The report also showed injuries for pedestrians are roughly half of what they were in 2002, while bicyclist injuries are down about a third. Brault said this matches what has happened in other communities across the country; the more people who walk and bike, the fewer injuries you have.