Bike News

So many ways to get involved this week!

The update last week may have been a bit premature to announce the snow, but now it is here. That is no reason not to get involved this week, just add a few more layers, like you learned at the Winter Bike Fashion Show. There are a lot of ways to get involved: 2 opportunities for advocacy, 2 committee meetings in one, 2 social rides, 2 other social events, and a Cyclocross race.


Meathead ride departs from Ford’s Gym (2114 Winnebago St) tonight at 7pm.


It’s a committee meeting extravaganza! Events and Communications committees will be joining forces to plan out the events for 2019, and get the ball rolling on some of our winter events. Everyone is welcome. Meeting will be at Rockhound Brewery (444 S Park St) and starts at 5:30 pm.


The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (the MPO) will be receiving a presentation on the Fish Hatchery Rd project in Fitchburg. The MPO does have some say over the plans, and they have adopted a Complete Streets policy, so maybe we can get them to make the design better for those traveling along and across the road by foot or bicycle. The meeting will be at the Water Utility Bldg, 119 E Olin Ave, at 6:30 pm.


Wilson Street Public Information Meeting
Madison Municipal Building Board Room 7 – 9 pm

This will be the 2nd meeting where alternatives will be presented for feedback. This is a really important meeting for people that care about bike accommodations to attend. The first meeting (focused on goals and objectives of the project) was attended primarily by neighbors that are focused on speeding cars, parking, and street trees; there was not good representation of the many people that would value a comfortable bike connection. Please attend this meeting if you are able.

We worked really hard to try to get eastbound lanes on E Wilson to facilitate access in this corridor. The Board of Public Works and the Council passed plans for the reconstruction of E Wilson without those lanes, but the resolution it include a guarantee that there would be safe and comfortable accommodations for all modes in entire corridor by the time the Judge Doyle Square was opened, including the Bike Center. So speak up at this meeting about the need for have two-way bike traffic.

This is from a budget amendment (the city is going through its budget process right now), so this a quick heads up. Here’s the language from the budget:

Wilson Street, from Broom Street to Henry Street, is scheduled for reconstruction in 2019. The City of Madison will use this opportunity to study the full Wilson Street corridor from Broom Street to Blair Street and how it functions for all modes of transportation. The first public involvement meeting on Thursday November 8 will present existing conditions as well as goals and objectives for the corridor. The second public involvement meeting, scheduled for Thursday December 6 will review alternatives for the corridor.


Sunny Social: A Conversation on Clean Energy will return Friday, December 7th at 6:00 pm at the EVP Coffee West in Madison hosted by Wisconsin Beyond Coal. They will be enjoying appetizers, meeting each other and talking about Madison’s electric sector and ways we can better advocate for clean energy!

The event a few months ago on the East Side was so popular, folks on the West Side were requesting a repeat! Kids and families are a huge part of the team, and so they are welcome at this event. There will be activities for people of all ages to enjoy! RSVP at

Revolution is having their 4th Annual Chili Cook Off and will be featuring some of their favorite winter products. Bikes, gear and chili! This will be part of the Atwood Winnebago Winter Festival.

The Winter Festival is a tremendous night where the Atwood Winnebago neighborhood comes alive with holiday cheer. Shop & dine local and help support two tremendous organizations: Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin, Inc. and Operation Fresh Start.
See Facebook event for more information:


Santa Cycle Rampage Madison Get your Santa suit (or any holiday suit) ready and join in for the Santa Cycle Rampage Madison community event at 9 am. Check out the link for more information.

2018 USA Cycling Midwest Cyclocross Championships (13 State Regional Championship)
Pre-Reg. and discount closes at midnight Wednesday December 8th. Race Reg. Beer, Awards, Warm Up, will be located at The Nitty Gritty, only 100 yards from Start/Finish. Kids race happening at: Noon! All kids receive an award! Dress for the weatherAll registered racers will be included in a raffle for prizes from our various sponsors!!!