Information for Bicyclists
Glacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail
Dane County, the Village of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are beginning plans to complete the last missing segment of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail beginning at the I-90 bridge in Madison and extending east to the existing Glacial Drumlin Trail Trailhead in the Village of Cottage Grove. To view documents and materials related to the planning process please visit the Glacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail webpage. For questions please contact Chris James, Senior Landscape Architect, at 608-224-3763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dane County Bicycle Wayfinding Manual
In 2015-16, Dane County Parks in partnership with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board contracted with Toole Design Group to develop a county wide Bicycle Wayfinding Manual. The manual provides 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 included the development of six bicycle wayfinding plans for:
- Capital City Trail (23.8 MB)
- Cannonball Path (14.3 MB)
- Ice Age Junction Trail (15.3 MB)
- Monona Lake Loop (34.5 MB)
- Military Ridge State Trail (29 MB)
- University Avenue (12.1 MB)
The presentation from the March 2, 2017 workshop can be found here:
Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration
Dane County Parks is undertaking the first major upgrade to the Capital City Trail since its completion in 2000 by repaving 9.5 miles of trail from Nob Hill Road to Verona Road to improve both ride and safety. The project is anticipated to be completed in three phases in three years, 2018-2020. Phase one was completed in 2018 and phases two and three are anticipated to follow in consecutive years. Updates include new asphalt surfacing, gravel shoulders, ADA compliant detectable warning panels at crossings, centerline striping, and signage updates with the implementation of the Capital City Trail Wayfinding Plan on all phases. To view documents and materials related to this project please visit the Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration webpage.
- Park Facilities Accessible by Bus or Bike Trail (PDF)
- Dane County Map for Bicyclists - Madison Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Door Creek Watershed Bike Loop - Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds
For Mountain Bikers
Dane County Parks offers mountain bike trails at the following locations: Badger Prairie County Park, CamRock County Park, and Seminole at Lewis Nine Springs E-Way (also part of the Capital Springs Recreation Area). For mountain bike trail conditions, maps and information regarding closures, please visit www.madcitydirt.com.
Lower Yahara River Trail
Dane County Parks is excited to announce that Phase 1 of the Lower Yahara River Trail was opened to the public on August 27, 2017. This nearly 2.5-mile trail provides an off-road trail connection between the City of Madison and the Village of McFarland that didn’t previously exist. It extends from the Capital City Trail near the Lussier Family Heritage Center to the western shore of Lake Waubesa and includes the longest boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America! The mile-long bridge spans Lake Waubesa, connecting the Capital City Trail with McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. The bridge runs alongside an active railroad corridor and includes an accessible fishing pier, rest stops, and observation areas with picturesque views. Trees cleared from the construction area were reused for park shelter building materials and shoreline fish habitat on Lake Waubesa.
Dane County Parks started planning this project in 2008 in coordination with many stakeholders, including 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. Future phases of the Lower Yahara River Trail are planned to extend to the City of Stoughton.
- LYRT Phases - Overview (PDF format, 0.8 MB)
- LYRT Preferred Alignment (PDF format, 1.67 MB)
- LYRT Timeline (PDF format, 8 KB)
- LYRT Public Information Meeting (PDF format, 4.68 MB)
Lower Yahara River Trail Construction Aerial Overview Videos
- March 2016 (YouTube)
- April 2016 (YouTube)
- October 2016 (YouTube)
- November 2016 (YouTube)
- August 2017 (Facebook)
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.
- Download Statement Form (PDF format)
On May 7, 2018, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County staff met with bicycle advocates and representatives from local units of government for the annual Bike Dane meeting to share plans and give updates on bicycle improvement projects. Topics included the Parks & Trails Unite Festival on June 2, 2018, Bicycle Friendly Community Award, Dane County Parks Bicycle Wayfinding Plan Innovations in Planning Award, Lower Yahara River Trail Analysis and Planning Merit Award and the State of Wisconsin Top Project Award, and the 2018 PARC & Ride Grant Program. Projects discussed included the Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration, Phase 2 of the Lower Yahara River Trail, Glacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail, North Mendota Trail, and County Highway road projects.