The Janesville to Beloit Peace Trail Project
Bridging our communities…The Peace Trail, south of Janesville, connects Janesville to Afton and eventually to Beloit. The photo above shows where the gravel ends …. ½ mile south of Tripp Road…with 1.5 miles to go to Afton. $1.00 per foot is all it takes to keep it going!
The vision for the Beloit-Janesville Bicycle Route (Peace Trail) is to provide a regional bicycling and recreation connection focused on Rock County’s natural and cultural heritage,specifically celebrating the Rock River and associated environmental corridors as a unique ecosystem with local and regional significance. The establishment of this corridor will enhance the quality of life of current and future Rock County residents and diversify opportunities for recreation and tourism within the region. Additionally, the development of this corridor will have a positive economic impact for the communities it connects and passes through, particularly the charming hamlet of Afton located roughly halfway between the Tripp Road trailhead and Big Hill Park. Finally, development of the Janesville-Beloit Bicycle Route demonstrates the continued commitment of Rock County, The City of Beloit, the City of Janesville, the Town of Rock, and the Town of Beloit to sustaining and enhancing the unique experience one enjoys as a resident, business, and/or visitor to the region.
One anticipated benefit of the development of a dedicated bicycling route between Beloit and Janesville is the enhancement of the economic viability of all of the communities the route touches. Businesses in Beloit, Janesville, and Afton all stand to benefit from the increased interest and traffic that the proposed route is sure to generate. National studies show that 43% of vacationers cite bicycling as an important factor in selecting a destination. In Wisconsin, there is substantial, documented evidence that a recreational, multi-use trail provides communities with an economic shot in the arm.
Peace Trail Project Downloads
Peace Trail Project News
Janesville Gazette article discusses the planned trail from Janesville to Beloit; June 2012; Link to Article
Janesville Gazette editorial on the plans for the Beloit-Janesville Bike Trail, June 2012; Link to Article
Beloit Daily News, Wisconsin communities see hope for bicycle path, February 19, 2013; Link to Article