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New signs remind Lake Shore Path users to behave


Bicyles not welcomed on about 75 percent of the path



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September 10, 2013 | 02:02 PM
Some folk living along the Lake Geneva Lake Shore Path really don't like bicycles.

To make sure that would-be lakeside cyclists understand that bikes are banned from about 75 percent of Lake Shore Path, the Geneva Lake Association, an organization of lake area homeowners, is putting up new signs laying down the law to lake path users.

The new signs are also necessary because the old signs, which were put up about 10 years ago, are beginning to show the signs of age, said Don Taylor, a GLA member.

Taylor and GLA member David B. Williams have already installed signs at 12 of the 20 known locations where the old signs were posted a decade ago.

The new signs are by Joe Savage of Signature Signs, Lake Geneva, Taylor said.

Those 12 locations include:
    • At the east end of Library Park, Lake Geneva.

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    • At the Wilkin residence, Covenant Harbor.

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    • Edgewood Pier 61.

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    • Driehaus Pier 62.
    • Chapin road, both sides, Pier 80.
    • Cedar Point, Williams Bay, east of the public beach.
    • The west side of Edgewater Park at Bay Shore, Williams Bay.
    • Two signs at Bay Colony South, Williams Bay.
    • Summer Haven approaching Gage Marine in Williams Bay.
    • Entering the Shore Path from Country Club Estates.
    • Leaving the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Fontana
    • Approaching the South Shore Club.
    • Big Foot Beach, east of the Geneva Inn Pier 805.
Eight other signs are being made for the remaining old signs that the GLA members know of.

Taylor said other signs may be out along the shore path, but no one knows where they are.

Signs not yet replaced this year are:
  • Pier 184 to the west of Athans' Metal.

  • Conference Point, Williams Bay.

  • West of the Lake Geneva Country Club.

  • Trinke Estates.

  • Pier 838.

  • Wrigley Drive and Campbell Street.
Taylor said that if residents are aware of the locations of other signs and want them changed they should contact the GLA at genevalakeassoc.org or at PO Box 412, Lake Geneva, 53147.

Williams said the new signs are identical to the old signs, except that some of the wording, particularly the wording about bicycle riding, has been changed.

Old wording was:

"You are invited to walk along the lakeshore path and enjoy the natural beauty of the Geneva Lake shoreline.

"You are entering on private property, so please observe the following:

"Stay on the lakeshore path or trail.

"Keep pets on a leash.

"Do not remove plants or other natural materials.

"To preserve these private grounds and to protect the environment,

"Please do not use bicycles on the path.

"Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

"Picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting, fires, sports activities and use of radios are prohibited.

The new signs read:

"You are invited to walk along the lakeshore path and enjoy the natural beauty of the Geneva Lake shoreline.

"You are entering private property. To preserve these private grounds and protect the environment, please observe the following:

"Stay on the lakeshore path or trail.

"Keep pets on a leash.

"Do not remove plants or other natural materials."

"Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited by municipal ordinance in most areas.

"Picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting, fires, sports activities and use of radios are prohibited."

Taylor said the old signs were made of wood and lasted 10 years or more.

The new signs are made of laminated plywood and should last at least as long as the old ones, he said.

While riding bikes on the Lake Shore path is prohibited by ordinance in the town of Linn and village of Williams Bay, it is not prohibited in the city of Lake Geneva or the village of Fontana.

Those on bikes will find most of the Lake Geneva section of the path wide, paved and friendly to two-wheelers.

In fact, Lake Geneva police officers can sometimes be seen patrolling the city's section of the path on bikes.

However, nearly 75 percent of the path is legally closed to bicycling.

In the villages and the town of Linn (which rests on both the north and south shore of the lake) the path is not as conducive to bicycling and can be downright dangerous.

Taylor said lakeside homeowners in those areas don't like the ruts in their lawns and gardens caused by bike tires.

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