Message from the President

Fall 2013

2013 is turning out to be a momentous year for the Badger State Trail, with major construction on both ends.

At Monroe, following highly successful fundraising by Friends members there, construction of a trailhead building is getting underway. It is going to be a building that will be the envy of other trail groups. Monroe is a key because it is the southernmost large community on the trail before it crosses the Illinois state line and connects to trails there.

In Fitchburg, Work has begun by Dane County on a mountain bike facility close to where Badger intersects with Capital City State Trail, SW Commuter, and Cannonball, which will soon be linked by a bridge over busy Highway PD to the Military Ridge State Trail. These facilities will become a nexus of biking and Badger is a key player in that happening.

We have visions of other things, too. Like a bridge carrying Badger across busy Hwy PD (McKee Road) in Fitchburg; a “park and bike” lot at Purcell Road, from which Badger is paved all the way into Fitchburg and Madison; improved access from Badger to Paoli, historically a magnet for bicyclists, and a trail link to the Village of Oregon, which is currently being planned by village officials.

While this is already a great year for Badger State Trail, we still have lots more to do. I invite you to join us and help make these things happen.

Bill Hauda
Friends of the Badger State Trail

What's New on the Trail?

The City of Fitchburg will be hosting the Agriculture Past and Present Bike Tour on the Badger State Trail again this year. The bike tour will highlight the importance of agriculture to the City's and region's history, identity, and economy, and also showcase some of the City's existing agriculture enterprises/businesses.

The tour is free . . . and most importantly, ice cream, courtesy of the Fitchburg Dairy Queen, will be provided at the end of the tour.

The tour will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17.

See flyer for the 7 mile route and all the details and the link below to register for the tour:

Event Flyer

Register for Tour

Please let me know should you need any further information.

Wade Thompson
Resource/Project Planner
Planning and Zoning Department
City of Fitchburg
Fitchburg, Wisconsin 53711-5318

Phone: 608.270.4258

Spring finally arrived, if only temporarily, the last weekend of March when temps climbed into the 50-60's! The warm weather brought out many riders and other critters from their winter hibernation.

Question:    How did the salamander cross the trail safely?
Answer:       With the help of Angie and Chris, from Madison, who were out
                    enjoying the Badger Trail and the nice weather on Saturday.

The Friend's Badger Trail information booth at the 2014 Bike O Rama, held in Madison, in early March was a BIG hit. Our FOBT volunteers sold over 300 state trailpasses. Thanks to all who help out staffing our booth!

Pam and Terry, from Madison, purchase two trail passes and a 2014 Friend's Family membership.

Jim, from Madison, and Debbie from London, England get the last two FOBT water bottles available with the pourchase of a trailpass at the 2014 Bike O Rama.
UPDATE: The Monroe Trailhead facility construction project should be finished by Christmas! As of December 2nd, the construction is about three quarters complete. If you would like to donate to this worthy project, please click the Donate button to the left of this column. It's easy . . . and your donation will be matched by Colony Brands!

Click the Green Arrow, above right, to see a slideshow of the construction progress!

On a clear January 4th afternoon, Gaylord, Greg and George ride the Badger Trail from Madison to Purcell Rd. The trail was clear!