June 28: Cap Times Podium Discussion About Biking in Madison

The Cap Times has over the past years regularly hosted discussion panels on locally relevant hot topics, such as housing affordability or criminal justice reform. Now it is time to talk bikes, and one of Madison Bikes' own, Robbie Webber, will be part of the panel of experts. "How can Madison make room for the bicycling boom?" will take place at the High Noon Saloon on June 28, starting at 6:30pm.

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June 13: Monroe Street Reconstruction Meeting

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Monroe Street will be reconstructed in 2017. On June 13 the first of a number of public meetings will take place, providing you an important opportunity to provide input early on in the process. The meeting will take place at the Wingra School Gymnasium (second floor), 718 Gilmore Street, from 7–9 pm. Registration is recommended but optional.

 

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It's Bike Week! Come Chat With Us

Update 4/6: A previous version of this post had the location of one of the commuter stations wrong. Fixed below.

Madison Bike Week kicked off on Thursday with the New Belgium Clips & Beer Film Tour at Olin Park. The main chunk of Bike Week will be happening next week though. Madison Bikes folks will be at both the commuter station near Machinery Row/John Nolen between Broom Street and Monona Terrace as well as at the one at Crazylegs/Camp Randall Monday to Friday between 7 and 9 am. We'll have awesome spoke cards, sign-up sheets for our newsletter, and you can talk with us about all things Madison Bikes.

Bike week sign on the Cap City trail

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June 2: Join the Madison Bikes Caravan to Clips Beer & Film Tour

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The east side contingent of Madison Bikes is planning a casual group ride to the New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour (benefiting the Wisconsin Bike Fed) at Olin Park tomorrow, June 2. Departure is at the intersection of South Fair

 Oaks Avenue and the Cap City Bike Trail at 6:45pm. More details after the fold or on Facebook.

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Madison Bikes Launches - Press Release

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Madison Bikes officially launched this week. Below the fold you can read our whole press release, or you can download it as a pdf.

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Wisconsin Bike Fed is Hiring

Want to work in bike advocacy? Our friends from the Wisconsin Bike Fed are hiring for some cool (paid) positions, including a membership director and a membership coordinator. More details here.

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May 18: Monona Sustainable Transportation Meeting

I just received word that there is an ongoing effort in Monona to improve cycling and walking. Tomorrow (May 18) at 5:30pm there will be a kick-off meeting at Monona City Hall.

For more information, contact Brad Bruun (bbruun@ci.monona.wi.us222.2525x7402).


Bike commute share in Madison

Bike to Work: Cycling Commuters[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

 

May is National Bike to Work Week, and May 16-20 is National Bike to Work Week (not to be confused with Madison Bike Week...). To celebrate that occasion, the Census Bureau released a nice visualization of the 20 cities with the highest proportion of people riding their bikes to work. With 5.3 percent, Madison makes seventh place overall and first in the Midwest!

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Building the Lower Yahara River Trail

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As several news outlets have reported, construction has begun on the new segment of the Lower Yahara River Trail. This trail will connect Madison to McFarland and, in a later stage, Stoughton. Once completed, the trail will provide a convenient, safe, and scenic link between those communities, likely attracting a lot of recreational as well as transportation cycling. Dane County Parks published two aerial videos of the location of the trail, one before construction started and one after. Definitely worth watching. Videos after the break.

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Public Meeting: East Johnson Street Reconstruction, 4/28

A stretch of East Johnson Street, between Baldwin and First St, is going to be reconstructed in 2018. The first public involvement meeting is tonight (4/28), 6-8pm at Lapham Elementary School, 1045 E. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703

Stretch of Johnson Street to be reconstructed

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