---Fitchburg Bike Trail Closures Update---
Resurfacing of both the Badger State Trail and the Capital City Trail is complete for 2020; both trails are fully open again.
Beginning in December 2020, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is undertaking a year-long Nine Springs Valley Interceptor project that will require temporary closures of the bike roundabout and several connected trail segments. Beginning 12/7/2020, the bike roundabout will be closed, as well as the Military Ridge State Trail south to McKee Rd and the Cannonball Path east along the Dawley Conservancy. See the following map for recommended detour routes along the Capital City Trail and Badger State Trail.
In 2021, the intersection of McCoy Rd and Cty Hwy MM (Rimrock Rd) will undergo reconstruction that will impact the Capital City Trail. Specific bike network impacts and recommended detours will be posted as plans are developed.
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.
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 . 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
Road Construction and Impacts on Bicycle Network
The Capital City Trail (CCT) resurfacing is completed for 2020, and all sections of the CCT are now open (with the exception of the bike roundabout; see the NVSI project details above). The CCT in Fitchburg will undergo final rework planning in 2021 to address drainage and surface pavement concerns, with further details to be released in 2021. See the Dane County Parks website for more information on this project.
For a full 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 top 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.
Quarry Ridge Mountain Bike Trail emergency markers
The Quarry Ridge Mountain Bike Trail is an excellent location for getting outside, enjoying some fresh air and exercise, and improving your single-track riding whether you're just getting started or have more advanced skills. Activity on the trail has increased with more people looking to get outside during the pandemic, so Fitchburg Parks and Public Works staff have placed new emergency location markers around the trails. The markers are geotagged for faster location identification in an emergency; if you have need to contact any emergency assistance while at Quarry Ridge, look for one of the new markers to more quickly relay your position.