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

Still image from Dane County Parks video

 

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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New Traffic Incident Reporting Tool for near west side neighborhoods

If you're riding a bike or walking your neighborhood, every once in a while you'll have an encounter with another road user that is less than pleasant. In a few cases, there will be an actual collision and a police report will be filed. But many, more minor incidents, near misses, or rude behavior will go unreported. The Regent Neighborhood Association has created a tool to keep track of these incidents in order to collect data that might pinpoint trouble spots or bad infrastructure.

Screen shot of traffic incident reporting tool

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Planning for 2050: Public meetings for the Regional Transportation Plan 2050

Three open houses will be held to discuss the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan for the Madison metro area.

Madison: Wednesday March 2, 4:30-7:00 pm, Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S Park St
VeronaThursday, March 3, 2016 4:30-7:00 pm. City of Verona Fire Station, 101 Lincoln Street
Sun Prairie: Monday, March 7, 2016 4:30-7:00 pm. Sun Prairie Municipal Building (City Hall), 300 E Main St

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State Board: No Contraflow Bike Lane on Mifflin

Getting across the Capitol Square on a bike can be a big hassle, and it's not going to get better any time soon, given the decision by a rather obscure committee against a contraflow bike lane on Mifflin Street.
 The circuitous route across the Capitol Square (Image: Google Maps)
The circuitous route across the Capitol Square (Image: Google Maps)
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