We've got a couple chances in the next couple weeks to show our support for more off-road cycling in Madison. There are three upcoming virtual Public Information Meetings where City of Madison Staff will be discussing the current planning concepts for a city wide natural surface trail network with nodes of bike-optimized facilities. Think about 30 miles of singletrack and bike parks across Madison.
Demonstrating need for these facilities is key to building momentum and countering the inevitable resistance, so please use one of these opportunities to make yourself heard. Whether you are a Madison resident or not, plans like this are a catalyst for communities in the midwest looking at developing similar facilities. Bentonville, Duluth, Wausau, and others are influencing municipalities' approach to developing bike based public infrastructure.
Drop in and add your comments supporting trail development throughout Madison that will also connect to adjacent recreation opportunities. Successes here will lead to successes elsewhere.
For more information on the plan and links to the meetings, visit here.
Are you going to be riding next year? The following year? The one after? Of course you will be! Your support now means that more and better trails will be there for you when you need them. Join or renew your CORP/IMBA membership during October, and you'll be entered to win one of 10 great prize packages, including new bikes from Yeti (details here). It's the right thing to do!
A few years ago, a few local riders realized we could overcome the lack of available space in Madison by building many small off-road biking facilities rather than one big one, and the idea of the Madison Bicycle Adventure Trail System was born. Since then, with the help of a grant from IMBA and alot of hard work from the folks at Madison Parks, MadBATS is ready for the public. More details here.
With Parks' expanding cyclocross effort, and the first phase of the build-out at Aldo Leopold Park planned for next summer, good things are already happening. What can you do to help keep the momentum? There are three virtual public input sessions planned, on October 13, October 15, and October 28. You can count on there being some folks who object to the plan being there; we need to make sure there are plenty of voices speaking in favor; just click on a date to register. If you can't make a meeting, you can register your support in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is huge step forward for local riding in terms of accessibility and demonstrating viability of infrastructure development. Not only will these small facilities be a boon to the neighborhoods they are located in, and an option for more ambitious riders to link together, but will influence other municipalities to build their own facilities, and demonstrate the need for more and better facilities everywhere.
Rob Trail Steward - Northeast Park August 22, 2020
Hello cyclocross friends! There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth since the cancellation of the race calendar. Fear not! For CORP and Madison Parks have teamed up again to provide mowed courses for you to ride this fall. We do not think there can be any organized activities but the courses will just be open to the general public to ride at their own convenience. One course will be mowed each week and be open for riding for that week. Then the next week a new course will be mowed. So, potentially, that means up to 42 days of course riding this fall, weather permitting! Here is the tentative list of parks and weeks: Week of: Sept 8 (labor day)- Olbrich Park Sept 15- Olin Park Sept 21-Hill Creek Park Sept 28- Reindahl Park Oct 5- Aldo Leopold Park Oct 12-Marshall Park More details to follow, especially with regard to Covid. Violation of Covid health rules at the parks will most likely result in the closing and cancellation of CX rides. Be smart, and be safe. Check our Facebook page for updates, specific rules and details on each course! Ride on! -Rob Lewis
Trails continue to see unprecedented traffic, and that's a great thing. We still get an occasional complaint about someone who doesn't get that, so here's a reminder. You are likely to encounter riders who are slower than you, who are children, or who may not be fully versed in trail etiquette, along with hikers, runners, and dog walkers. All of these people are welcome on all of our trails; slow down, be friendly, yield appropriately, be a decent person, and try to improve everyone's trail experience. If some advice will help another be safer or more courteous, offer it with a smile. We're all out there to have a good time, let's help each other succeed.
On the crowded trails theme, NICA season is starting up. For a variety of reasons all of the local teams have record turn outs. They have all modified their practice regimens so that they will usually be in small groups, but there will be times when the trails are even more crowded. Here's the current practice schedule:
Blackhawk Composite/Mount Horeb:
Blue Mound - Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Blackhawk - Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Cam Rock Climbers:
CamRock - Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
CamRock - Saturdays, 9:00am -11:00am
Sheehan Park - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00pm- 7:30pm
Quarry Ridge and Seminole - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
If you want to see a bunch of amazing kids stoked on a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives (and their possibly even-more-amazing volunteer coaches), head out during these times. If you prefer a more solitary experience, maybe try another place or time.