Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Madison , WI
Date: 2006-09-04
Distance: 29 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 1.93 Hours
Average Speed: 15.18 kph
    Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 3,830 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day


Today the day started with rain delaying the day’s ride. No problem. We needed an excuse to sleep in anyhow.

Madison, the state capital, is a city of 200,000 people and is abutted by other small cities (Monona for example). Two of the five area lakes create a narrow isthmus where downtown is located. The state capital legislative building sits in this area. The legislative building with its with dome and golden statue on top is surrounded or guarded by a set of square roads. From this square road network emanates a number of streets outward. One of these streets, State Street, runs out from one of corners of the square roads diagonally to the university.

On Labour Day Monday the road was closed off to cars allowing pedestrians and cyclists free access to it. Closure of this road enhances the community feeling of this shopping street.  

A sushi restaurant was visited for lunch (sushi restaurant number 2 in Madison, number 3 was closed today, future visit this week) followed by a Wisconsin home made ice cream and yogurt parlour.

  Cycling is definitely prominent within this city. Walking into a couple of bike stores on the isthmus, road bikes seem to be very popular. The bike shops were very complete in stock and had a good selection of bikes and merchandise.

  Greater Madison seems to have an extensive network of bike routes (in Madison, this term is used to include all types of cycling facilities on and off-road) allowing for good movement through the area.

Work is underway to connect these facilities to trails to other cities and also to the State of Illinois.


Cycling Facilities


  Madison, Wisconsin

Madison – The City of Cycling Highways


  Cycling through the city on a network of off-road bike trails is one of the pleasant experiences in Madison. Occasionally, one needs to go on the road for part of the ride. Frequently, these roads are quiet or have bike lanes. Part of one trail is abutted with community gardens where the “farmers” rent the ad by the amount they occupy.

    This network of of-road trails would appeal to a much broader base of the public and encourage them to consider cycling as their transportation mode for the next trip. Having a fleet of buses that will take bikes enhances the use of the trails.


Cycling into Milwaukee

    Cycling into Milwaukee really started in Dodgeville some 200 kilometres to the west. From there, most of the trip was on bike trails with occasional sections on roads. Many of these roads had a low volume of motorized vehicle traffic. Some had paved shoulders. Others did not. Some of the trails were interconnected. Others were not and required some road cycling.

    Today, the trip included the Capital City State Trail and the Isthmus State Trail.


Military Ridge State Trail


Capital City State Trail


Glacial Drumlin State Trail


New Berlin (Greenfield) Recreational Trail


Oak Leaf Trail