Action Alert: Threat to People Powered Gandy Dancer, Dec 18

The Friends of the Gandy Dancer alerted us to a new threat to the trail. The Polk County Board has Resolution 92-18 is on the agenda for their Dec. 18th. This resolution is proposed to allow all season ATV/UTV on the Gandy Dancer Trail. Winter motorized use of trails is one thing when the ground is frozen, but warm weather use by ATVs tears up crushed limestone trails and makes them virtually unusable for bicycling and walking.

The Friends of the Gandy Dancer Trail ask that you contact the Polk County Board before the meeting:
Submit written comments with reference to Resolution 92-18 to : countyclerk@co.polk.wi.us
or Mail to
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
County Clerk Sharon Jorgenson 715-485-9226 (p)
715-485-9104 (f)
100 Polk County Plaza
Suite 110,
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Deputy County Clerk Marilyn Blake 715-485-9226 (p)
715-485-9104 (f)
Deputy County Clerk Stephanie Fansler 715-485-9226 (p)
715-485-9104 (f)
The Friends of the Stowers Seven Lakes Trail have been fighting a similar proposal by the Polk County Board to allow similar year-round ATV/UTV use of the Stowers Seven Lakes Trail, even though that trail was constructed with grant funds that specifically preclude motorized use. The Board has suggested non-motorized users can build a parallel trail for their use in the future. The Stowers Facebook page has lots of information about how the County Board failed to follow required procedures and is in violation of their agreement to maintain and operate the trail.
Please spread the word to your contacts.
Gandy Trail needs YOU NOW! People Power the Gandy!

Please call or visit with any and all of the Polk County Supervisors (see attached). It does not matter if you reside in Polk County. Your voices count!

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

One thought on “Action Alert: Threat to People Powered Gandy Dancer, Dec 18

  1. It’s not only the damage to the trails that ATVs can cause, but think about how dangerous it is to have these high speed motorized vehicles on the same path as walkers and bikers. Someone is going to get killed or seriously injured.

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