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"Rally for the Bugline!"

Many continue to be outraged as they find out about the plan to pave the Bugline Trail.

 On Saturday, "Friends of the Bugline" hosted a "Rally for the Bugline" in hopes of continuing to inform citizens of the Waukesha Co. Parks plan to pave the Bugline Trail and to collect more signatures on our petition. 

Many members of the "Snowbugs" snowmobile club set up signs on Hwy 74 in Lannon by the trail and there was an overwhelming response by passers-by to stop this project. 

One man said his wife had stopped and signed our petition and she went home and told her husband to "get over there right away and sign!"  Another man said his neighbor alerted him to come by and sign. 

Many who stopped took blank petitions to collect signatures.  Some said they were going to take the petition to their church the next day.  Those who stopped were all outraged at the idea of paving the trail and of course, they had no idea this is in the works. 

They want to know "whose stupid idea is this?" 

After only three hours on the trail, we collected another 150 signatures.  That puts us up to about 850 with many more still being collected as I type!  What will it take for our "public servants" to listen to THE PUBLIC!  I am getting many requests from people who want petitions sent to them and others want to sign.  People are also asking when the next "rally" will be.  We are looking into this and will keep you posted.  You can contact me at:  buglinesaver@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Margie Finger May 14, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I was at the rally on Sat. Was a Great day! That is not hard to do when you are on the bugline. I am so sure that the paving is not a "done deal" Again, most of the people that were using the bugline, live near it, or stopped by car to see what was going on had no idea of the plans to pave it. People are outraged when they hear about it. I did not meet one person that was for the paving. We can only wonder, if everyone knew about the plan, how many more people we would have opposing it. More people are being reached every day. We need to make the county realize what a treasure the bugline is. It is hard to understand that someone would ruin that treasure with millions of taxpayers money
Lori May 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I didn't know about the signing, otherwise I would have been there! SO agree to keeping the trail natural. They ruined Lime Kiln park when they paved it. Save the money for other more important things and save nature!
Fred Wordell May 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
In full agreement on Bug line. Paving will be a huge waste of taxpayer money. But, Lime Kiln is a great example of an urban trail that is cool solitude and shared by many yet never crowded. Walkers and dog exercises now have to share LK with ocaisional bikers and (rarer) skateboarders. Lime Kiln is a treasure that ought to be shared but millions to pave The Bugline is a poor use of public funds.
Unions_NO May 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Would have been there to sign, had we known about it. Can't we get Belling on this?!
Normally Silent May 14, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Sorry to disapoint, but I have never been on the Bugline trail. I would like to use it and I would like to take my wheelchair-bound Mother out for a stroll. Sounds like this group of people would like to keep this little gem from being spoiled by outsiders. By outsiders I mean tax payers. Because it suits your needs and fancies, does not mean it is yours. Relax, it will be fine and it will be an asset to more than 850 people. Isn't that what it is suppose to do, serve the masses. Is that the answer when someone doesn't get their way..."get Belling on it?". "Keep the riff-raff off our path, no motorized wheel chairs!!!!" Sounds pretty selfish to me.
Billy Tank May 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Normally silent, you sound like another socialist commie. First you want motorized wheel chairs, then non-motorized wheel chairs, Then people on crutches, then no room for snowmobiles, let's not Ruin a good resource! ;^)
Rarely speaks out May 14, 2012 at 09:57 PM
If a person wants to travel in a natural setting on a paved trail, there is Lime Kiln trail, which eventually goes through Rotary Park, and will eventually extend to Milwaukee. If road bike riders want to ride on a paved surface, there are roads. But if a person wants to run or ride on a natural surface in a natural setting, the ONLY venue for that is the Bugline Trail.
Normally Silent May 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Billy, Billy, Billy, it's not a resource to everyone, just a select few. Should we pay for another one for those you are excluding. Play nice and share. I won't dignify the commie remark.
Margie Finger May 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The bugline is used by a variety of people and groups. There are a lot of people that live near a paved trail who come to the bugline because it so unique. We are not keeping it to ourselves. It is wonderful to see it being used. We are only asking to keep 11.6 miles unpaved. That is not asking for much when there are so many paved trails around us. It will also save some money. Who does not want that? I realize we will not get to keep that money for another agenda, But does that mean we should take it? There were some past comments on the Patch. Someone uses her motorized wheelchair on the Bugline and wants to keep it unpaved. Also someone else commented to keep the Bugline paved because there are other paved trails that he can take his grandson to, who is in a wheelchair. Normally Silent, Please visit the Bugline to see if your mother's wheelchair would work on it. It is not the big mud puddle that the picture portrays on the Parks fact sheet. It does get messy after a lot of rain, but what doesn't? Margie Finger
Margie Finger May 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The bugline is used by a variety of people and groups. Quite a few people that use the bugline, live near a paved path but come to the bugline because it is unigue. We are not keeping it to oursleves. We love to see it being used. We are just asking that 11.6 miles be left unpaved. That is not asking a lot when you look at all the paved trails around us. it will also save some money. Who does not want that? I realize that we can not use that money for another agenda, but does that mean we should take it? There were some past comments on The Patch. One woman uses her motorized wheelchair on the bugline and wants it to stay unpaved. Someone else also wants it kept unpaved. He said there were other paved trails that he can go on with his grandson, who is in a wheelchair. Normally Silent, Please visit the Bugline to see if your mother's wheelchair would work on it. The Bugline is not the big mud puddle that it is portrayed as in the Parks fact sheet. It does get messy if it rains a lot, but what doesn't?
Joan Griffin May 15, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I have been campaigning out amoungst the citizens of our community for five months now and it is not a "select few" who want to keep the Bugline Trail a "natural setting". We are close to 1,000 signatures on our petition and I have no doubt it would be 10,000 if we could reach more people, which we will continue to try to do. There have been so few people that we have encountered who are in favor of this project that it leaves people bewildered as to why it is happening. Other than the fact that the county supervisors thought they knew better what the people want and need without even looking into any public opinion.
Normally Silent May 15, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Sorry I am not conveying my point well enough. You are afraid of increased use. You think that the asphalt spoils the looks. You think it is a waste of money. All good concerns. However increased use is what it is all about. It is paid for by all taxpayers. That means those that don't use it pay for the upkeep, which is more expensive than paving. So whether I use it or not, I pay for it. If more people use it, it is a better value for the dollars spent. And lastly, while thousands may not understand why, there are thousands who are not aware of this resource and it should be accessible to all. Once again it just sounds to me that a thousand people want to exclude the other 350 thousand. I know this is emotional, but you can't exclude people who pay for it.
Billy Tank May 16, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Normally, Normally, Normally, i'm gonna try to REALLY simplify this for you. o.k. Here goes . . . If the Bugline trail is paved more people will use the trail. If more people use the trail . . . MORE PEOPLE WILL GET IN MY WAY!!!! Get it?
Margie Finger May 16, 2012 at 04:46 AM
More people on the bugline -Great! It is getting busier . Maybe because a lot of people like to have the choice of an unpaved trail. Would we be talking it up so much, telling everyone how wonderful it is, if we wanted to keep it to ourselves? If you are in favor of this paving (or voted for it) and have never been on it, Please, one request--- Spend some time on it. Walk ,run, bike, ride your horse, walk your dog. jogging strollers also work great on it. A lot of beauty to see. Imagine black top--a lot of that beauty is taken away. One last thought--when most people say they are concerned about an increase of traffic, they are only concerned about the speed of the road bikes.
Menoparent May 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Years ago this would have never been an issue, it would have been paved with no dispute. But now the cheap tea party has taken over this village. Go do your penny pinching somewhere else.
Menoparent May 16, 2012 at 01:04 PM
This small group is just trying to make a political point. It's not about natural beauty for them, it's really all about saving taxpayer money. They don't want to spend money on anything.
Jann May 17, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Menoparent: Have you ever been on this trail? I have lived here my entire life. I will tell you that I like that natural trail and would not want it paved for that reason and because I don't want to get run over by a skate boarder. But here are are few more details. The trail used to be a rail line and the ties are still in the ground. I have noticed in the past few years that the gravel had not been maintained and the rails are sticking out of the ground in places. I'm wondering if this was on purpose so people complained and then the paving project would go through. I don't know what end of town you live on, but I'm near the trail. When it's a rainy time, I walk the streets (not many sidewalks here) and the streets are in terrible condition. They have been in need of repair for years. Many more people use the streets then this trail and priorities need to be set and used for our tax dollars. It's not about cheap tea party people taking over the village, but people who realize their tax dollars need to be used in a manor of priority.
Joan Griffin May 17, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Jann: I think you "hit the nail on the head"! Many of us residents who use the trail regularly have noticed that the Waukesha Co. Parks people have not been maintaining the trail like they used to. Very suspicious given their "agenda" to pave!
Dave Ruske May 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
In what way is Lime Kiln park ruined? Seems fine to me.
Rustic cyclist June 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I have two bicycles for uniquely different experiences. I have a touring bike which I use on roads and the inter-urban trail which runs from Milwaukee to Sheboygan. and a hybrid bike which I like to use for a more rustic natural environment. Our area has plenty of paved path venues and not enough rustic natural ones. Please allow the rustic gravel bugline to survive. It is a rare jem that will become a thoroughfare like the Inter-urban if paved. I don't understand what is so horrible about a few puddles, some loose gravel here and there, and a little mud. Isn't that what nature is about? I can understand some people wanting to pave sections of Menomonee Falls, Sussex and Lannon but there is no need to change the more remote sections. The beauty will be despoiled by a speedway feel. Believe me, if you pave it, there will be some riders going 20+ mph and they will expect you to yield. (ON YOUR RIGHT!)

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