Newsletter Weekly Update

Back into the Routine, Safe Streets, Ride For Your Life

A cyclist loading (or unloading) their bike from a Madison Metro Bus rack (h/t Cyclists of Madison)

With the first week of school over, new routes learned and fresh routines formed, hopefully there is some peace and joy that can come from a quiet week of seasonal, beautiful cycling.

This Week

On Wednesday at 5:00 PM the Transportation Commission meets virtually (agenda). Of particular note will be a review of Safe Streets Madison detailing significant improvements to Baldwin Street, Eastmorland Neighborhood, and Midvale Boulevard. On our Facebook community group, there was a robust discussion about the Baldwin Street improvement and how they could be better. You can submit your input by email to, or you can register for the meeting here.

A visual summary of the Safe Street changes proposed for Eastmorland Neighborhood (source: City of Madison)

Later on Wednesday at 6:00 PM “all bodies” are welcome to participate in the party-paced Madison Queer Bike Ride leaving from Law Park.

Finally, on Friday at 6:00 PM consider joining the Bi-weekly Bike Ride for Trans Rights, also leaving from Law Park.

The City of Madison just applied to have their Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community status renewed from the League of American Bicyclists. Platinum is the second highest level, and cities need to reapply every 5 years to maintain their status. As part of the process, the League is seeking your input to gain a better understanding of local bicyclists’ experiences in Madison. Please take a minute to complete this brief survey:

Save the date(s)

Logo for Ride For Your Life Madison.

A reminder that the Ride For Your Life Madison is coming up soon. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at Madison Bikes is co-organizing the event, and it would be great if we could get some additional volunteers to help.

Sarah Langenkamp was tragically killed by a truck while bicycling home from her sons’ elementary school in Bethesda, Maryland, on August 25, 2022. In the wake of her death, her family organized Ride For Your Life in Washington D.C. This event joined forces with activists across the country to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety on our streets.

This fall, Ride For Your Life is coming to Madison, WI! On Sunday, October 1, 2023, cyclists will ride 5-6 miles and pedestrians will walk 1 mile through Madison to the steps of the State Capitol for a rally to raise awareness of the need for pedestrian and cyclist safety.

As always, you can find an overview of all bike events on our Community Bike Calendar. Email us at to add your events. And if you value our newsletter and other work, consider donating to Madison Bikes. For construction updates, check out the city’s Bike Madison page.