Whether a person chooses to walk, rollerblade or bike, Janesville's paved trail system is a high-quality public resource that all community residents may enjoy. Please find below some general information aobut Janesville's trail system.
Bicycle trail maps are available at the Parks Division office, or click here. The City is in pursuit of connecting many neighborhoods with the Janesville segment of the Ice Age Trail. 28+ miles of paved trail have been constructed throughout Janesville. From Janesville the statewide Ice Age Trail will one day connect to the west with the Sugar River Bike Trail, north to Milton/Fort Atkinson and east to the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Service dogs and wheelchairs are allowed on the bike trail year-round.
Bicycle licenses are required. You can obtain a bicycle license at the Clerk's office for a cost of $1.00, and it is good for as long as you own the bicycle. Information needed for the license includes, owner's name, address and phone number, date of birth, the bicycle make, color, tire size, and serial number.
- The most important rule is to always be considerate of other trail users!
- Ride single file and be predictable: travel in a straight line.
- Yield to the slower trail user (Example: Bicyclist yield to pedestrians).
- Move well off the trail when stopped.
- Use hand signals.
- Remove litter from the trail.
When Passing Other Trail Users
- Slow down.
- Give an audible warning, "passing on your left".
- Pass on the left.
Please note: Pets are not allowed in the city parks or on the trails from May 15 - Sept. 15.
This program allows families, organizations and businesses to adopt a section of the bike trail and provide periodic maintenance. This program has been very successful and there are only a limited number of trail sections remaining to be adopted. Contact the Parks Division for more information.
About Bicycle Trail Crossings
The "Spring Brook/Ice Age" bike trail on the east side of Janesville has several mid-block crossings, most notably at East Milwaukee Street east of North Wright Road. In an attempt to provide an additional measure of safety at the Milwaukee Street crossing, pedestrian-activated flashing yellow warning lights are installed to alert traffic of the unusual situation. Initially, there was some confusion regarding the crossing and vehicle/pedestrian responsibilities. The following information is offered as clarification on rules/regulations at designated crosswalks:
- Bike trail users should come to a stop before crossing the sidewalk, and then proceed to the pedestal located between the sidewalk and the curb. Pushing the button on the pedestal will immediately activate flashing yellow warning lights facing both directions of traffic. The lights will flash for approximately one minute. Warning lights that flash "as-needed" are preferred over lights that flash continuously.
- State Statutes dictate: A) "the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, or to a person riding a bicycle in a manner which is consistent with the safe use of the crosswalk by pedestrians", B) "no pedestrian or bicyclist shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run or ride into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is difficult for the operator of the vehicle to yield", and C) "whenever any vehicle is stopped at (the) crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle".
- Bike trail users should wait for an adequate gap in traffic before proceeding cautiously. Despite the Statutes, pedestrians and bicyclists should not assume that traffic will yield in every instance.
Informational signage exists at the crossing for both roadway traffic and trail users. The speed limit was lowered to 30 miles-per-hour in the vicinity of the crossing. Shannon Drive is the location (changed from Morningside Drive) where the speed limit changes from 35 miles-per-hour to 30 miles-per-hour.
For more information, please contact the Engineering Department.