Originally known as Pike, and later Southport, Kenosha officially gained it's name in 1850.
Kenosha, Wisconsin's fourth largest city, is midway between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. Early city planners did well to ensure the city created it's share of green space as Kenosha has 14 parks. This guide will take you through ten parks-eight of them on the lakefront. The route includes paved bike trails, on-road, and screened bike trail sections.
The route is a narrow loop with one leg hugging the lakefront and the return leg through downtown. It connect both sections of the Kenosha County Bike Trail, which also connects to the Robert McClory Bike Trail in Illinois and the North Shore Bike Path in Racine. Parking is available at most locations on the loop, so the tour length can be adjusted to your ability and desire.
Either end of the route can be reached from I-94 in about 10 minutes by car. You can also bring your bike along on the Metra and get dropped off right downtown.
If coming from the north, consider parking at Poerio Park Nature Center. This route can also be accessed by bike via the North Shore Trail in Racine County.
If coming from the south, consider parking at the Kenosha County Bike Trail Lot on Springbrook Road. This route can also be accessed via the Kenosha County and Robert McClory bike trails.
When biking anywhere, always wear a helmet and eye protection.
The riding surface varies from screened limestone to paved trails, to on road biking.Be prepared for changing riding surfaces and vehicle, pesdestrian, and bike traffic.
Always follow the rules of the road.
Reflective and brightly colored clothing make you more visible to motorists, pedestrians, and other bikers.
Layered clothing is the best way to regulate your temperature during changing weather conditions.
Be prepared: make sure your bike is in excellent condition, bring water, snacks, and bike tools.