Information for Bicyclists

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:

The presentation from the March 2, 2017 workshop can be found here:

Lower Yahara River Trail

Phase One

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


On May 23, 2016, 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.  Projects discussed included the Bicycle Friendly Community Award, Lower Yahara River Trail, Glacial Drumlin State Trail, North Mendota Trail, PARC & Ride Grants, County Highway road projects, and the Dane County Parks Bicycle Wayfinding Project. 

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.