One-Liner Wednesday: Bridges

I agree.

We need many more bridges.

While building personal bridges is up to the individual, communities can certainly come together to build physical bridges.

The cities of Neenah and Menasha and the Village of Fox Crossing, Wisconsin, came together to do just that.

There’s a new trail to follow called “Loop the Lake.” It’s been over a year in its planning, development, fund raising and completion.

Loop the Lake opened this past weekend, allowing the community to walk or bike around the south end of Little Lake Butte des Morts. Four-footed canines are also welcome. The new Neenah and Menasha bridges, along with the Trestle Trail Bridge form a circle that’s equivalent to a 5K. Not long enough for a hard-core bike ride of any kind, but a good distance for a brisk walk or for a relaxing view of water, sky and trail.

I can’t tell you how much I love the effort this community has put into building a trail system for its residents. This latest addition makes my heart very happy.

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19 responses to One-Liner Wednesday: Bridges

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! That’s wonderful! I love bridges and adding one to bring people closer to the water, provide some interesting views and get some exercise – that’s very nice. The fact that it was community driven is an extra-special bonus. You guys are good people!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I really do love this community, Dan. The leaders of the cities and townships seem to all be forward thinking in terms of bringing people together with trails, special events and structures like the performing arts center. I’m very proud of where I live!

      • Dan Antion says:

        That’s a great feeling. You are very lucky (but I suspect you’re also a part of the good things).

        We may be coming out of an era of really dumb decisions, but I’m not sure we know where we’re going . There much less of an everyone-for-the-community here and more what’s-in-it-for-me? which is sad.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Sorry to hear that. Maybe I could send a few of our people over there for a consultation?

  2. Shelley says:

    Oh, my, gosh, that looks awesome. I love walking paths around lakes. I may just tell Mr. we need to take a drive there to visit! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You would love this path, Shelley. Other than a couple short stretches along roadways, there’s a lot of water to look at. And…if you veer off the path near downtown Neenah, there are also a few good places to eat and shop.

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s certainly not a surprise to see what communities can accomplish when they work together with a common goal and the interests of the people at heart.

    Communities like yours have got it right and that’s certainly what I experienced last week on the trail in Quebec as well.

    I just wish other communities could rally together the same way. How amazing life could be if that were to happen!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You are so right, Joanne. When I see what my community and the state has to offer in the form of trails, it makes my heart and summer biking addiction happy. I would love for everyone to feel that way, no matter what city, state or country they live in. I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be a positive note for any community.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Toronto seems to hate cyclists and there is a constant battle between motorists and cyclists. It’s not good πŸ˜•

  4. joey says:

    So right. Lovely views, well captured. Love the connection and the space itself is so pretty! I wish so much more of the world was pedestrian friendly, and well, safer, prettier, more about enjoying the community. Course, I live in the city. Progress is slow but it IS progress.There are a lot more paths here than there were before I moved to Georgia, and boy do we make the most of them!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s good when the big cities take care to have trails for the community. Our big ones – Milwaukee and Madison have trails along the water as well. It’s so important for the betterment of the city and well-being of its citizens.

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