Fitchburg is a Bike-Friendly Community

The City of Fitchburg is proud to have been designated a Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists, in recognition of its bike-centric approach to planning and construction, extensive network of bike trails and paths, and the community's strong culture of cycling. Fitchburg is one of 20 bicycle-friendly communities throughout the state of Wisconsin, and the city's bike network connects riders to numerous bicycle-friendly universities and businesses in Fitchburg and the surrounding area.

---Fitchburg Bike Trail Closures Update---

The Capital City Trail between Seminole Hwy and the Velo Underround (bike roundabout) will be closed from early July until late October or early November, for phase 3 of trail reconstruction expected to be completed in 2021. The Capital City Trail will also be closed for 6 weeks beginning August 24 near South Towne Rd in Madison, as the Madison Metro Sewerage District replaces sanitary sewer pipes.

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The online Dane County bike-route maps linked below can also be useful in helping you plan out alternate routes during construction. See the information below for complete details.

Please do not move barriers, bike through active construction zones, or ignore signage and traffic signals.

Badger State Trail bridge now open

Construction continues along McKee Rd in Fitchburg, but the region’s newest bicycle network attraction is now officially open! The Badger State Trail, closed between the Bike Roundabout and Sub-Zero Parkway for much of the summer and fall, was re-opened on September 30th featuring a new overpass bridge above McKee Rd. The new bridge, stretching 121 feet and crossing McKee Rd just a half-mile east of the Military Ridge State Trail bridge, was constructed by Wheeler Structures and is now Fitchburg’s third major bicycle bridge, along with the Military Ridge overpass and another bridge taking Capital City Trail users over Fish Hatchery Rd. near Hatchery Hill. This new bridge replaces a flashing beacon that cyclists and pedestrians previously relied on to indicate their presence to oncoming vehicular traffic, enhancing safety by reducing interactions between vehicles on McKee Rd and non-vehicular traffic on this major state trail.

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Fitchburg maintains a large network of paved paths, paved shoulders, bike lanes, and designated bike routes to support biking as an integral transportation mode within and throughout the city.

Fitchburg Bike Map

In April 2010, a Fitchburg bike map was developed, and updated in 2013 and 2018, as a collaborative effort between the City of Fitchburg and the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce. It is pocket-size and chock-full of valuable information to enhance your biking experience in Fitchburg! Hard copies of the map are available at City Hall and the Fitchburg Chamber office.


Fitchburg Family Fun Bike Rides

Want to find some fun bike rides for your family to enjoy in Fitchburg? Click on the I Love to Bike Family Fun Map to discover 4 recommended bike rides that your family will love! This brochure was produced a
s a collaboration between the Healthy Kids Collaborative, Pacific Cycle, and the Wisconsin Bike Federation to get families excited about biking in their community! Check out this cool resource and get your family pumped about being active and excited to explore a variety of bike rides throughout the City! The bike rides vary in length and complexity, so pick the one that is perfect for you and your family!

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

The current 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was adopted in March 2017 as an update to the 2008 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Primary goals of the Bike and Pedestrian Plan are to:

  • Expand options for walking and biking in Fitchburg
  • Connect bicycle and pedestrian facilities to local and regional facilities and neighboring communities
  • Improve networks and intersections to increase safety and comfort for all users
  • Invest in bicycle and pedestrian amenities and enhancements
  • Engage with residents, businesses, employers, and city employees to educate, promote and encourage biking and walking in Fitchburg
The plan development included substantial public involvement consisting of multiple public meetings, surveys, wiki maps, and outreach through various local events. The final document is a great resource to identify opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements throughout the City.

Road Construction and Impacts on Bicycle Network
The Capital City Trail (CCT) will be undergoing continued renovation in 2020, between Seminole Highway and the Bike Roundabout intersection. The expectation is that this project should begin early in July, with completion expected by early November. See the Dane County Parks website for more information on this project and future anticipated work on the trail, or click the thumbnail below to find the map indicating trail closures and detours.

The CCT will also be closed between Nob Hill Rd and South Towne Rd from August 24 until early October, with the recommended detour following Nob Hill Rd, Industrial Dr, and South Towne Dr (see this map for details).

Due to road construction in 2020, the Badger State Trail (BST) will be closed across McKee Road from late April into November. With the completion of road work on McKee Rd, the BST is now opened from Sub-Zero Pkwy to McKee Rd, with the recommended detour following the McKee Rd multi-use path west to the Military Ridge Trail. See the map at this link for details. 

For a listing of bicycle-related projects that are underway, visit Engineering & Construction page and look for projects that have a (B) designation. Alternate routes can be found using the online map linked above, as well as the following resources from the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board:

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)

What is an RRFB?

A Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, or RRFB, is a pedestrian-activated warning device that consists of yellow LED rectangular flashing lights that draw attention to the crossing and provide information to approaching traffic that a bicyclist or pedestrian is trying to cross the street.  Once the RRFB is activated, the rectangular-shaped beacons will begin to flash in an alternating, irregular pattern that is similar to emergency flashers on police vehicles.

What are the safety benefits of an RRFB?

RRFBs are low-cost safety improvements that have been proven to enhance pedestrian safety at uncontrolled, mid-block crosswalk locations.  The t
op three benefits of an RRFB are:

1. Improved "yield to pedestrian" compliance from motorists,
2. Increased visibility and awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists who wish to cross the street, and
3. Clearly communicates with approaching motorists that there may be someone in the marked crosswalk when the beacons are flashing, reducing the threat of a rear-end crash for motorists who are yielding to a path user.

Learn more about RRFBs