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  • Two winters' worth of controversy over fat biking on the the VASA Trails coveted by Nordic skiers in northern lower Michigan is resulting development of a new multiuse nonmotorized winter trail. 
  • Name submissions will be judged on creativity, originality, ability to capture the overall character of Michigan and include the concept of connection. 
  • A plan to improve highway safety in Minnesota fails to adequately address crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians, argues a bicycling advocate/blogger Andy Singer. 
  • Minnesota took the No. 2 spot in the latest ranking of “bike friendly states” as determined by the League of American Bicyclists. Wisconsin jumped from No. 8 to No. 3, approaching that state’s highest rank of No. 2 in 2010. 
  • Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have the second and third highest percentage of people riding bicycles to work of U.S. cities with populations over 100,000 – 5.1 percent and 4.1 percent respectively. 
  • Already popular among cross-country skiers and mountain bikers, the Nine Mile Recreation Area in Wausau, Wisconsin, has added trail and features. 
  • Onalaska, a small west-central Wisconsin city, recently earned a bronze-level Bike Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists. 
  • A proposed state law would allow ATVs on Iowa roadways despite a recent study finding two-thirds of all fatal ATVs crashes occur on public and private roads. 
  • A final 3.1-mile segment of Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail could finally be built by next fall, linking the city’s lakefront to the Interurban Trail heading north for 30 miles through Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties. 
  • The Wisconsin Snow Report website is a new tool for tracking cross-country ski trail conditions throughout the state.  
  • Despite public sentiment running nearly 3 to 1 against a firing range and an ATV park at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo, Wisconsin, ATV enthusiasts are still pressuring officials in the Department of Natural Resources to include them in a final site plan. 
  • The unnamed buyer, who paid $926,000 for the shuttered resort, has provided assurances the property would remain open for use by the Birkebeiner, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and other events that draw thousands to Wisconsin’s northwest Bayfield and Sawyer Counties each year. 
  • In recognition of his help developing Nordic ski trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula over the past 25 years, Northern Michigan University Nordic ski coach Sten Fjeldheim received a Partner in Conservation Award from the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in early October. 
  • A study on how to improve bicycling in Stillwater, Minnesota, is being undertaken by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota at the behest of a city business group 
  • Bills making progress in the Michigan Legislature would allow cyclists to hold out their right arms to signal their intention to turn right and run red lights that don’t change because they aren’t triggered by the presence of a bicycle.

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