Message from the President
2015 is shaping up as an historic year for the Badger Trail. Not only will we observe the 15th anniversary of the creation of Badger, but we will also see efforts to preserve the rich history of the former rail line, now an important rail-trail.
The city of Fitchburg, where Badger intersects with four other major trails and paths, will be erecting directional signs at the confluence. Fitchburg also will be erecting additional informational historical markers along the trail, which once saw four trains a day steaming up and down the corridor carrying passengers, cattle, farm produce and goods. One marker denoting the Illinois Central depot location at what was once the “city center” of Fitchburg is already up.
The city is planning to continue its annual Agricultural Heritage Bicycle Tour along the Badger. At stops along the way, local historians and farmers join in to explain the history of this important agricultural area and the farming operations that are currently underway. There is a study in process by the city to see if this popular bike tour can be expanded and efforts taken to encourage more cyclist-friendly farm family businesses along the way.
People have noted that things are happening on Badger. I’ll be doing a presentation at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison on the origins, history and future of the Badger Trail.
It will be a busy year for the Friends group. There will be a ceremony formally opening the new trailhead facility in Monroe. Our Trail Explorer program, a fun way to learn about what lies along the trail, will be expanded. And we have a broader range of bike events coming up. Keep an eye on the web site for dates and times.
I hope to see you out among the thousands of people enjoying our trail. And I urge you to attend some of our Friends group board meetings and events, learn what we’ve accomplished over the past 15 years, and what we plan for the next decade.
Friends of the Badger Trail
Friends of the Badger Trail
What's New on the Trail?
Sunday, August 10 - Monticello to Monroe & back (21 miles). We'll leave Monticello Depot at 7 PM and head south to Monroe Trailhead Shelter. The sun sets at 8:06 PM so bring a headlight and tail light for your bike. And remember your trail pass. Ride leader will be Janet Wood, FOBST Vice President. There's still plenty of time to become a 2014 Trail Explorer, so join us on August 10!
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!