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Can we rethink sidewalks, bike paths with La Crosse Mayor Reynolds?



La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on April 8, 2024.

Mayor Mitch Reynolds in studio Monday for La Crosse Talk PM discussing the Wagon Wheel Trail expansion to the city, rethinking sidewalks and bike paths and the riverbank cleanup of homeless encampments.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Began the show with Reynolds talking about the FIRST Robotic Competition that was held at the La Crosse Center last weekend. 

After that, we talked a bit about the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and the phenomenon of Caitlin Clark, and made the smoothest transitions into sidewalks and news that the Wagon Wheel Trail will be extended from La Crescent to downtown La Crosse.

Then we talked about one piece of legislation on Thursday’s city council agenda about enacting a new state law about supermajority votes at the local level, which would have affected legislation at last month’s council meeting dealing with the YWCA.

In the second half of the show, we went back to sidewalk talk, as a southside neighborhood doesn’t want to see them installed in front of their homes, while the city’s comprehensive plan is transitioning to alternate forms of transportation. That led to a bit of a discussion on if there was a better way to create sidewalks and bike paths. 

The last big topic discussed was about the 180 tons of cleanup along the riverbank from homeless encampments, and the Wisconsin DNR’s enforcement threat if it didn’t happen.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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