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Pedal on the Pipeline

  • Cottage Grove, Wisconsin (map)

If you live in Wisconsin and love the outdoors, you know our state offers beautiful forests, rich farmland, glacial lakes, pristine rivers, and more. What you may not know is that Wisconsin is also home to the world’s largest tar sands pipeline, which bisects the state in a corridor running from Superior to Delevan. Enbridge, a $126 billion Canadian company with a terrible safety record, wants to expand its pipeline network throughout the Midwest to transport tar sands from the Canadian boreal forests to the Gulf Coast, likely for export. 

With the existing pipeline corridor and the addition of a proposed new pipeline, more than two million barrels of tar sands oil will flow through Wisconsin each day, endangering our land, water, and communities.

On June 24, people across the state will gather at four PEOPLE ON THE PIPELINE events to enjoy some of the special outdoor places threatened by Enbridge’s pipelines. Each event will offer fun recreational activities and an opportunity to learn about the precious resources Enbridge puts at risk and ways we can protect them.

If you live in or near Jefferson County, join PEDAL ON THE PIPELINE for a ride on the Glacial Drumlin Trail!

What: Pedal on the Pipeline
When: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where: Glacial Drumlin State Trail, Cottage Grove trailhead
Contact: Harry Bennett,, 785-466-1728

The Glacial Drumlin Trail follows the old Chicago & North Western Railway, stretching for 52 miles through farmlands and glacial topography. We’ll leave at 10:00 a.m. from the trailhead in Cottage Grove; ride approximately 13 miles to the Line 61 crossing, where we’ll have a short program; picnic about 2 miles further down the trail at Korth Park; and then bike back to Cottage Grove. Those who prefer a shorter ride will leave from the crossing in Deerfield. Bring a sack lunch and water and be prepared to purchase a state trail daily pass for $5 if you don’t have a current annual pass.