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: 2006-09-05
Distance: 20 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 1.28 Hours
Average Speed: 15.94 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 3,851 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



It was a warm morning with the sun radiating down. And so it stayed until the full moon rose and guided us home after the conference. Home, yes that is where the head rests.

  We met for lunch at sushi restaurant number three on a second floor of a retail outlet overlooking an active State St. The sushi was good. Supposedly, this is sushi restaurant number 1 in the city. Later in the day we found another restaurant that serves sushi.

State St. is a street that runs from the State Legislative building to the University. It is a not so wide two lane street, tree lined, with many restaurants among the retail stores. Today, I realized that the street is closed to all traffic except transit, bicycles, and pedestrians.

  As there are not so many buses running down the street, the roadway seems empty except for cyclists and there were many. So, there is no centre line. Cyclists wander where they want, avoiding any confrontation. Signalized intersections are only obeyed if there is oncoming traffic.

    With plenty of street patios for munching on food, with many benches for relaxing, State St. on a sunny, warm day as it was today is a good place to sit down, hang out and absorb the ambiance.


Cycling Facilities



Madison, Wisconsin


Trip today was from the motel, along Broadway, then a residential road to the Capital City State Trail to downtown and the convention centre.



Return trip was in the opposite direction in the dark. The trail had a centre line in yellow which reflected in light and helped in defining the trail.



Some of the residential streets did not have any effective street lightning.



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.


Military Ridge State Trail


Capital City State Trail


Glacial Drumlin State Trail


New Berlin (Greenfield) Recreational Trail


Oak Leaf Trail