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Bicycle Trails of Racine County

MRK Trail: (& WE Energies)
Layard Avenue, just west of Douglas Avenue in the City of Racine north to Six Mile Road in the Village of Caledonia. Approximately 5 miles.

North Shore Trail
West Boulevard and 19th street in the City of Racine south through Elmwood Park to CTH KR in the Village of Mt. Pleasant connecting with Kenosha County Bike Trail. Features newly –paved surface. Approximately 3 miles.

Racine/Sturtevant Trail
West Boulevard and 19th street in the City of Racine west to Willow Road in the Village of Mt. Pleasant. Features paved surface. Approximately 3.5 miles. Construction on extending trail to Amtrak Station in the Village of Sturtevant scheduled to begin spring of 2012.

White River State Trail
Vandenboom Road in the Town of Dover west to Bushnell Park in Town of Burlington. Approximately 7 miles

Seven Waters Trail:
 Congress Street in the City of Burlington north, adjacent to STH 36, to the Racine-Waukesha County line in the Town of Norway. Features a combination of limestone and asphalt surfaces, most off-road, and several bicycle/pedestrian bridges. Parking is available at Bushnell, St Mary’s and Riverside parks in Burlington; Trailside School in Waterford; and Meyer Park in Wind Lake. Easy connection points to downtown Burlington, Waterford, Rochester and Wind Lake. Approximately 14 miles.

Bike Trails along the Lake/County & City of Racine Trails
Root River Pathway extends from the Main Street Bridge on the east to Colonial Park on the west and proceeds north to the MRK Trail in the City of Racine at Layard Avenue. The trail meanders along the Root River, past Case Corp’s Corporate Headquarters, through nine (9) City of Racine parks and connects to Racine County’s North Shore and Racine/Sturtevant trails. Approximately 4 miles. Lake Michigan Pathway follows Racine’s lakeshore from the MRK Trail to the North Shore Trail. Also connects to Kenosha County’s trail system. Visit the DeKoven Center, Pershing Park, Downtown Racine, Racine Harbor, North Beach or the Racine Zoo. Connects to Root River Pathway at the Main Street Bridge. Approximately 9.8 miles.

Western Racine County Bike Trails
 Includes White River State Trail and Seven Waters Trail.

Eastern Racine County Bike Trails
Includes MRK, North Shore, Racine – Sturtevant, Root River Pathway and Lake Michigan Pathway.

Racine County 100-Mile Trail
Adventurous 100-mile route that circles Racine County. Combination of off-road trails and rural roadways. Sights include the Tichigan Wildlife Refuge, Root and Lower Fox Rivers, Racine Zoo and SC Johnson headquarters.

Safety Tips:

  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head.

  • Wear brightly colored clothing.

  • Ride a well-maintained bicycle:
    • Check brakes and tire inflation regularly.
    • Use headlights and taillights at night.
    • Have 3” reflectors on your back fender.

  • Look out for hazardous surfaces.

  • Obey all traffic laws, signs and markings:
    • Never ride against traffic.
    • Ride on the right edge of the pavement.
    • Ride in single file.
    • Always use hand signals to let cars and pedestrians know what you are going to do.
    • Always stop and look at uncontrolled intersections.
    • Be aware of road traffic.

  • Always lock your bicycle when it’s going to be out of sight.

Maintain a “safety-first” attitude.