In 2021, the City partnered with UW-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning to envision a network of neighborhood greenways throughout West Allis. While not formally adopted by the Common Council, this plan informs the City's transportation planning efforts. Since its creation, several road reconstruction projects have incorporated traffic calming recommendations from the plan.
What is a Neighborhood Greenway?
Neighborhood greenways are low- and slow-traffic streets that prioritize people walking and biking. These streets have fewer vehicles traveling at slower speeds with traffic calming and signage intended to create a low-stress environment that is safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.
After extensive research and a series of online public meetings and workshops, UW-Milwaukee's Urban Planning Master's program students ultimately recommended a network of greenways intended to maximize usage and reach all portions of the community. The student team also developed:
Recommendations for traffic calming at specific intersections across the network
Cost estimates and funding sources
Phasing plan that prioritizes greenways with that serve areas with the most demand, population density, and number of vulnerable users