Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
In partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Fed, the City of West Allis adopted a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2008. This document serves as a blueprint to continuously improve walking and bicycling conditions throughout West Allis. The plan prioritizes improvements for walking and biking facilities and identifies best practices in planning, designing, implementing and maintaining those facilities.
Since the plan's adoption, the city has built over 4.5 miles of bike lanes. See today's network on the West Allis Bike Map. Completed projects include:
W. National Ave. Reconstruction
Since 2018, portions of W. National Ave. underwent major redesigns to be friendlier for people walking and biking. The new street includes wider sidewalks, outdoor seating, improved crossings, bike lanes, green bike boxes and lanes through conflict zones, trees, and improved streetscaping.
Bike Lanes and Routes
The City added painted bike lanes to streets including W. Burnham St., W. Cleveland Ave.. W. Greenfield Ave., W. Oklahoma Ave., and S, 116th St. Signage for bike routes were also added to a variety of city streets to help cyclists navigate through West Allis.
Starting in 2013, the City of West Allis began purchasing and installing City-branded bike racks throughout grant-eligible areas in West Allis. Based on its popularity, the program expanded to the entire city. Today, all bike racks have been installed, but the City is planning more! Share your idea for new bike rack locations through the City's online Let Us Help application.
More information, including how to purchase a rack, may be found on the City of West Allis Bike Rack brochure (PDF).
The City is currently implementing a host of initiatives and projects related to walking and biking. Projects underway include:
Downtown Pedestrian IMprovements
Through Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, West Allis will be improving traffic safety on W. Greenfield Ave. through the City's downtown. "Rapid implementation" style paint-and-post curb extensions will be built throughout the corridor to add space for pedestrians, shorten crossing distances, and create a safer corridor for all.
New Bike Lanes
This summer, W. National Ave. (from S. 62nd St. to S. 65th St.) and W. Beloit Rd. (from S. 60th St. to W. Lincoln Ave.) are being reconstructed. As part of reconstruction, streets will be reconfigured to include bike lanes.
Powerline Trail Study
In partnership with the Milwaukee, Greenfield, and St. Francis, West Allis was awarded a grant to study the creation of a new trail along WE Energies powerline corridors. If completed, this trail would connect the lakefront to the existing Powerline Trail in Greenfield, which would then turn north through West Allis to the Hank Aaron State Trail. This study will identify routes, preliminary design, and costs.