Information for Bicyclists

Dane County Bicycle Wayfinding Plan

Dane County Parks in partnership with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board has contracted with Toole Design Group to develop a county wide Bicycle Wayfinding Plan. The plan will provide guidelines for communities to use for designing and implementing a uniform wayfinding and information sign system for the bicycle network throughout Dane County. The project also includes the development of implementation plans for seven bicycling corridors. To view documents and materials related to the plan please visit the Dane County Parks Bicycle Wayfinding Plan webpage.

For questions on development of the plan, please contact Sara Kwitek, Acquisition and Planning Specialist, at 608-224-3611 or Kwitek@countyofdane.com.

Phase 1 Lower Yahara River Trail

Dane County Parks has been planning in coordination with bicycle stakeholders, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Company, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Village of McFarland, City of Madison, City of Monona, the Wisconsin Historical Society, GRAEF Engineers, KJohnson Engineers, the UW Milwaukee Cultural Resource Management Department, Ho-Chunk Nation and the Army Corps of Engineers since 2008 to design a multi use bicycle pedestrian trail that will extend approximately 2.5 miles from the Capital City Trail at Lake Farm County Park to McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. The trail will also include an accessible fishing pier near the railroad trestle and bumpout rest/observation areas. Future phases of the Lower Yahara River Trail are planned to extend to the City of Stoughton.

Dane County Parks will begin construction of the at grade segment of trail within Lake Farm County Park during the fall of 2015 that will extend from the Capital City Trail near the Lussier Family Heritage Center to the western shore of Lake Waubesa. During the winter of 2016, Dane County Parks staff will be clearing trees that are within the construction area of McDaniel Park. Harvested trees will be reused for park shelter building materials and shoreline fish habitat on Lake Waubesa. The WisDOT is overseeing construction of the nearly 1.1 miles of bridge and boardwalk that will extend to the parking lot at McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. Construction of the trail is anticipated to be completed in 2017. It will be the longest continuous bicycle pedestrian bridge and boardwalk system in the State.

Lower Yahara River Trail Construction Aerial Overview Videos

Proposed Dane County Seminole Mountain Bike Trails

Dane County Parks has been working with the City of Fitchburg, Dunns Marsh Neighborhood Association, Capitol Offroad Pathfinders (CORP) and neighboring property owners to plan a beginner level mountain bike trail system west of Seminole Highway. Final review of the trail layout is anticipated to occur in the spring of 2014, and possible trail construction by early summer 2014.

Brigham County Trail

Clearing for this trail was completed in April of 2014. The trail will be approximately 2 miles long and will provide a connection between the MRST and Brigham County Park. The trail corridor traverses through some of the most scenic wooded areas of the Driftless region in Dane County and will offer spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. A spur trail will also provide users with access to the Cave of the Mounds, a National Natural Landmark. Construction is anticipated to begin summer of 2014 with completion in 2015. Dane County is also coordinating with the WDNR and Cave of the Mounds on planning and development of a new bicycle wayside facility on CTH ID that will provide access to both the Military Ridge State Trail and the Brigham County Trail.

BikeDane

On June 18th, 2015, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County staff met with bicycle advocates and representatives from local units of government to share plans for future bicycle improvements and give updates on the PARC & Ride Bike Trail Grant Program, Dane County Bicycle Transportation Plan, and Dane County Bicycle Wayfinding Plan.

On May 6th, 2014, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County staff met with bicycle advocates and representatives from local units of government to share plans for future bicycle improvements and upcoming bicycling events across Dane County.

On April 12, 2013, Dane County Parks staff met with bicycle advocates and representatives from local units of government to share plans for future bicycle improvements and upcoming bicycling events across Dane County.

On March 27th, 2012 County Executive Joe Parisi met with bicycle advocates and representatives from local units of government to share plans for future bicycle improvements and upcoming bicycling events across Dane County.

The 2010 Bike Dane Executive Summary Report represents six months of hard work from the bicycling community across the county. The planning process began in July of 2010 and included several working group meetings throughout the remainder of 2010. Contact Chris James, Park Planner at 224-3763 or james@countyofdane.com for questions about this report.

Ice Age Junction Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Map

Dane County recently completed construction of the Ice Age Junction Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail. The off road paved bicycle pedestrian path is nearly 2 miles long and extends from the McKee/High Point Road intersection south to the Military Ridge State Trail parking lot area. Off road bicycle use on natural surface hiking trails is prohibited between Cross Country and McKee Roads. Dogs must have a Dane County dog permit and be on leash at all times along the trails.

Map for Bicyclists

The Madison Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has produced a map of Dane County that is especially useful for bicyclists. You can download it at the link below.

Capital City Trail Commuter Use Statement

Bicyclists who use the Capital City Trail primarily for commuting may be eligible for a subsidized pass. Check the statement form below for more information.