Message from the President
We’re coming off a very good year and 2014 looks even better for the Badger Trail.
In 2013 our Friends group joined the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Nonmotorized Recreation and Transportation Trails Council in calling for repeal of a little known rule making it illegal to use our trails between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am. While it wasn’t being actively enforced, it could have been invoked at any time with violators getting slapped with a $175 fine.
This was a throwback to the days when trails were considered parkland. Today, they are increasingly commuter and travel paths, an important part of Wisconsin’s transportation system, as well as recreational facilities.
We overcame initial resistance from the Department of Natural Resources and got the Legislature to rescind the nighttime ban on use of our trails. Act 295 was signed by Gov. Scott Walker and became law in April 2014.
Now we are looking forward to the opening of a new trailhead facility at Monroe, providing restrooms and water at the trailhead. We are instituting a Trail Explorers’ program to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to discover the fascinating history and culture along this former railroad route. We’re also reaching out to municipalities along the trail, like the villages of Oregon and Paoli, and supporting linkage of Badger Trail to these communities along the route.
In keeping with the transportation element of the Badger Trail, we will be seeking designation of the trail as Bicycle Route 43, part of a national bicycle interstate system. Route 43 will eventually extend all the way from northern Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s going to be a very exciting year. We have great plans for the Badger. I hope you will join us in making them happen.
Friends of the Badger State Trail
Friends of the Badger State Trail
What's New on the Trail?
Bernie's Full Moon / Friday the 13th Ride
A GREAT Memorial Day weekend brought lots of Friends out onto the Badger Trail. One of the best weekend riding periods of the whole spring!
Friends of Badger Trail Meeting
The Friends spring meeting was recently held in Monroe and included a tour of the nearly completed shelter/bathroom building located on the trail near 14th Ave and the Bike Haus. A little landscaping needs to be done and soon it will be open for the 2014 bike season!
A full agenda kept the Board busy in the conference room at the Monroe Library until it closed at 9:00pm! Draft minutes will be posted soon on the Events Page.
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:
Please let me know should you need any further information.
Planning and Zoning Department
City of Fitchburg
Fitchburg, Wisconsin 53711-5318
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.
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!