Message from the President
2016 is a big year for Friends of Badger Trail. We will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of our group, which supports the DNR in enhancing and promoting our trail.
Much has happened during the decade FOBT has been existence. We started in 2006 embroiled in controversy. At that time work on the trail had just started. None of the paving had been done, no shelters or kiosks had been erected and the ATV crowd had designs on getting the trail for themselves.
At a meeting at Belleville High School, we helped turn out hundreds of cyclists to oppose the motorized takeover. The ATVers were few, and we won. Defeated, the ATVers never returned.
In the years that followed, Badger was paved from Fitchburg south to Purcell Road. And FOBT worked with DNR and community groups to add informational kiosks and other facilities, the most recent of which is a shelter with water, bathrooms, and picnic tables at the Monroe trailhead. A portion of the dollars that made this happen came from the trail passes purchased by cyclists.
Along the way, we even changed state rules governing use of all state trails in Wisconsin. We discovered the state had an obscure rule that prohibited use of trails between 11 pm and 6 am. We successfully led an effort to overturn that rule, and the Legislature responded by repealing it, making night riding legal.
Badger Trail has come a long way from what existed in 2006. Today in Fitchburg, a unique bicycle round-a-bout connects Badger with a multitude of state trails and bike paths radiating out in every direction. Our northern end is the nexus of cycling routes in the Madison area.
There’s more to be done. Already our efforts have led to plans for a tunnel to take Badger Trail under County Highway PD (McKee Road) in Fitchburg, to make the crossing easier and safer. We’re working to connect the Village of Oregon to the east and the community of Paoli to the west with the trail. And we want to become part of the growing national bicycle interstate system by connecting Madison with bicycle routes in Illinois and beyond.
To observe the successes of our first decade, and to learn about our vision for the years ahead, we hope you will join us at our fall membership meeting in November for a 10-year birthday observance. Watch for details on our web site.
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What's New on the Trail?
From the City of Fitchburg . . .
A small segment of the Badger State Trail will be temporarily closed, from the south side of the Fitchburg Business Park south to Lacy Road, to allow for the construction of a new crossing. There will be a detour along Seminole Highway during the period that the trail is closed (see link to map). It will be closed starting July 5 and is planned to be reopened on July 25. There is another planned closing in September to complete the new crossing, but the trail will be reopened during the interim period with a limestone screening surface rather than a paved surface. Warning signs will be posted in each direction to warn users of the loose gravel condition.
Additional public streets are needed to serve this area of Fitchburg, and that includes the construction of a new trail crossing. The City understands the importance of the trail system to all of its users, and the goal is to minimize the amount of time it is closed. It is also a priority to maintain safe conditions during the detour period and the interim period that it will be open during the construction activity. Thanks for your understanding.
"The Tunnel Ride", 17.5 miles
Saturday, June 25
Belleville to Monticello
Beautiful weather, wonderful riding, great friendship and the love of biking. Hope you can join us at our next Friends of Badger Trail Sponsored ride, August 13, 'The Criss Cross Ride'
FOBT Vice President
Hello all Friends of Badger Trail,
I will be leading our ride on May 28, 10 AM "Badger Breakout" (15.5 mi, or 25.5 mi.) Madison to Belleville & back.
Join us for our first ride of the season and choose your distance!
Meet at the Trail kiosk on Market Place Dr, Fitchburg at 10 AM . . .
. . . for a shorter ride, wait at the Purcell Rd parking lot and we’ll pick you up at 10:30 AM!
Remember your trail pass. Hope you can join me!