Phew, what a week! Winter Bike Week this year had a total of 29 different events — and what felt like 29 different kinds of challenging winter weather. Thanks to everyone who participated anyway, and of course a big thanks to all Madison Bikes board members and volunteers, and to our partners in making this happen. We’d appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes and complete our Winter Bike Week survey.
With Winter Bike Week over, the Madison Bikes events committee is meeting on Monday to plan our the rest of the year. If you’re interested in being involved, join us at Rockhound Brewing Company on Park Street at 6pm.
The primary elections for mayor and common council in Madison are on February 19, and early voting has started already. Young, Gifted and Black are hosting the “People’s Mayoral Forum: Getting Past the Politics” at the Central Library at 6:30pm on Monday. As a reminder, you can also learn more about the candidates’ positions on transportation and biking through the Madison Bikes candidate questionnaire.
And of course winter and Monday means that the MEATHead ride is happening. Meet at 7pm at Ford’s Gym for a social loop around Lake Monona.
On Wednesday, the city’s Transportation Commission will meet. The most exciting item on the agenda: The approval of plans for Bassett Street between Dayton St and West Washington Ave. Bassett Street is one of the few locations where we have built a physically protected bike lane in the past few years. However, it only extends for a very short stretch for now. As far as we know, the proposal in front of the commission now extends the protected lane for another two blocks. The meeting is at the Madison Municipal Building and starts at 5pm.
On Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to test ride some Surly mountain bikes at “The Farm,” a trail system west of town. And in the evening you have the chance to attend another mayoral candidate forum, at the First Unitarian Society starting at 6pm
As always, you can find an overview of all bike events on our Community Bike Calendar. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your events. And if you value our newsletter and our work, consider donating to Madison Bikes.