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Milwaukee Bike/Walk Sign Plan

Two people looking at Oak Leaf Trail Sign
Photo courtesy Milwaukee County Parks

The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Parks partnered to develop Walk/Bike Sign Manuals. These manuals provide a protocol and design for a seamless, coordinated wayfinding system that can be implemented across the City's bicycle network and the County's Oak Leaf Trail system. For clarity and simplicity, two "twin" manuals were developed as part of this project.


City Bike/Walk Sign Manual

County Bike/Walk Sign Manual


Final Sign Designs

City Managed Trails


City On-Street


County Managed Trails


County On-Street


Sign Plans

Detailed sign plans were developed for the routes shown on the map below. Signs for these routes are expected to be installed in late 2020 or early 2021, unless they are tied to a project currently in development. 


Sign Plan Route Map


Public Engagement

Kickoff Workshop

The kickoff workshop was held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Atkinson Public Library. Workshop materials are below.

PowerPoint Presentation
Display Boards



The project team conducted an online and in-person intercept survey that asked respondents which sign type (termed "sign family") that they preferred out of two possibilities. In-person intercept surveys were collected at two different locations: Kosciuszko Park, on the city's south side, and Gordon Park, on the city's north side. The project team surveyed 124 people in-person and over 1,900 people took the online survey. The memos below summarize the findings from these surveys.

Online Survey Summary Memo
Intercept Survey Summary Memo


Second Public Meeting

The second public meeting to reveal the sign designs was held Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Meeting materials are below.

PowerPoint Presentation
Display Boards

Priority Route Maps and Destination Heirarchy:

Fratney and Wright Bike Boulevards and Beerline Trail
Lakefront Route
Milwaukee River Line and Lincoln Creek Route
Kinnickinnic River Trail and Washington/Scott Bike Boulevard


Contact with questions or comments about this project.

Dept. of Public Works Logo  

Contact Infrastructure Services

Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 
841 North Broadway, Room 701 
Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-286-CITY (2489)

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