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Path being planned for pedestrians, bicyclists in Bloomer

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Bloomer (WQOW) - Citizens in Bloomer are hoping to make recreation around Lake Como safer. They're proposing adding specialized lanes on roads surrounding the lake for bicyclists and pedestrians.

"As families look at moving to a community, they look for safe environments, and a place for their kids and their families to participate in outdoor activities," said Ann Hanson of Bloomer.

Lake Como is a big part of the city of Bloomer, and now a few citizens there are setting the wheels in motion to put in place a trail; one that would wrap all the way around the lake for bicyclists and pedestrians.

"Presently Bloomer doesn't have any designated trails for biking or walking. We have our sidewalk system which is awesome, but that is not to be used by bikers and necessarily runners. So this will create a new designated area for those individuals," Hanson explained.

Eventually the trail would be extended into the city, so that people can reach the lake regardless of where they are.

"The extensions then will go to the other beautiful parks in the area as well as our ball fields, our aquatic center, and to our school systems that are on the other side of town," said Hanson.

The trail would use mostly existing roads like 9th Avenue that would just need a little paint.

"Just by identifying the area with lines and signs letting motorists know that that area is designed for bikers and runners and them to be aware of something that might be coming up," said Theresa Hanson.

Fundraisers have already been held for the trail, although no set cost has been determined. It will still need to be approved by Bloomer's planning commission and city council.

"For the last nine or ten years the City of Bloomer has invested a great deal on money in a new dam and also dredging this entire lake to make this a community resource. We take pride in this little lake," said Bloomer 1st Ward alderman Jim Koehler.

Pending city council approval, the trail could eventually link up with other trails to the north towards Chetek and south towards Eau Claire. Grants through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources could help fund that plan.

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