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Weekly Update: Last Days of Spring

The weather this weekend was perfect for bike ride. I hope everyone was able to take advantage and get outside. The wonderful temperature and lush green foliage are the ultimate spring combination. Also, in case you missed it, Madison Ranked #2 best US biking city by People for Bikes. Go Madison!

Looking for a way to make Madison more bike friendly?

This is a short list of things you can do this week to encourage biking and bike infrastructure in Madison.

1. Fill Out a Survey (8-12 min)

Madison Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites you to participate in an important regional survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on work-from-home trends and attitudes in the greater Madison region. Your participation is critical to understanding the unique impacts of COVID-19 on work and commuting trends in our region.

2. Register for the Vilas Park Master Plan Public Input Meeting

Registration is required to attend this public input meeting next week Monday June 22 at 6:30. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on the redesign of this wonderful Madison park. I am fond of Concept B that replaces the thru road with a multiuse path. This meeting is via Zoom and requires registration. More Information

As always, you can find an overview of all bike events on our Community Bike Calendar. Email us at info@madisonbikes.org 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.

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Weekly Update: Bike Month 2020

Like many others my daily routine has changed in the last month and I spend a lot more time at home. My switch to telecommuting has disrupted my daily bike commute routine, so I need to plan extra activities on the weekend to stay healthy and make up for my weekday largess. Thus I was very happy to learn Governor Evers reopened many state parks starting this last weekend including all of the state rail trails. I took advantage of the excellent weather this weekend and went for a ride with my family. The warm temperatures and limited car traffic just beg us to go out and explore the world. Of course, please remember to follow social distancing requirements and minimize contact with others in public places.

Young kids on bikes in the streets

Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month and Madison Bikes usually has major events planned to celebrate biking welcome in the summer, however this year Madison Bike Week is delayed until September due to COVID-19 and the Ride-the-Drive is cancelled. However, with the wonderful weather and reduced car traffic there has never been a better time to encourage others to try and realize the benefits of biking. Here are a few Bike Week activities you can do this week:

Bike to School Anywhere Week 2020 –⁠ The annual bike to school week put on by the City of Madison, Healthy Kids Collaborative had to be modified this year because kids are attending school virtually. Bike Anywhere Week: From a Distance has a family bike activity or two planned every day this week.

Love to Ride –⁠ you can sign up for this challenge if you’re looking for encouragement to bike more!

Learn to Ride webinar for parents –⁠ Thursday 5/7 @12pm. This online event put on by the City of Madison is a great first step to teaching your kids to bike safely.

County Highway AB and US Highway 12/18 Interchange

A $37 million project to reconstruct the County Highway AB and US Highway 12/18 interchange east of the Interstate 90/94 will be presented for approval at the Transportation and Planning Board on Monday and the Common Council on Tuesday. This expensive project is proposed to improve one of the most dangerous intersections in the state but doesn’t include low stress bike and pedestrian accommodations. Please read the excellent action alert written by Robbie Webber to learn more.

Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plans

The City of Madison is gathering input to determine the future of the East Towne and Westgate/Odana area malls. The results of the first public input survey branded “Mall Madness” are available. “Comfortable and safe bike routes” and “walkable and pleasant streets” ranked 3rd and 4th respectively in the final round. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage new equitable and bikeable/walkable developments in Madison.

  • Week 1: Issues facing malls and potential impacts from Covid19
    Monday May 4th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 7th 5:15-6 pm
  • Week 2: Case Studies – Mall & Office Redevelopment Examples
    Monday May 11th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 14, 5:15- 6 pm
  • Week 3: Odana Area Plan Focused Discussion
    Monday May 18th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 21th 5:15-6 pm
  • Week 4: Greater East Towne Area Plan Focused Discussion
    Monday June 1st 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday June 4th 5:15-6 pm

As always, you can find an overview of all bike events on our Community Bike Calendar. Email us at info@madisonbikes.org 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.

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Madison traffic lanes to close to help cyclists and pedestrians keep social distance – WKOW 27 News

Robbie Webber of the advocacy group Madison Bike says bicycle volume on city paths was high before the pandemic. People are now seeking an exercise outlet in the face of significant restrictions in an effort to thwart the spread of the coronavirus. “You throw in the need to stay six feet or more apart and you have a real problem.”

Robbie Webber

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Weekly Update: Enjoying spring biking while social distancing

Hopefully everyone had a chance to get outside this weekend and enjoy the crisp spring weather. We noted tons of youngsters in our neighborhood likely out for their first bike of the year. During these times of social distancing I have noticed more people outdoors, whether it be biking or walking, to take a break from being cooped up at home.

The past week

Not much biking news to report this week, due to the cancellation or delay of all city meetings and social events.

If you missed it, for now bike shops in the Madison area by and large are open. However, many shops have limited hours or are open by appointment only. More information can be found in the blog post Is my bike shop still open? This is a tough time for small businesses and bike shops are no exception, so encourage you to still bring your bike in for service. Bike shops are taking measures to sterilize and sanitize to keep everyone healthy.

The week ahead

All city meetings and community events for march are cancelled at this point, so there is very little happening this week. The city is working on a solution to host meetings remotely, however nothing has been announced yet. We will keep you posted when things start back up.

The Madison Bikes Community Meeting on Monday 3/23 at 6:00pm is cancelled this week.

As always, you can find an overview of all bike events on our Community Bike Calendar. Email us at info@madisonbikes.org 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.

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Winter Bike Fashion Show

WKOW 27 News

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Madison Bikes organization hosts winter fashion show, hoping for progress with paths.

Channel 3000 visits the 2019 Winter Bike Fashion Show and interviews Robbie Webber about our organization’s efforts to expand clearing of shared use paths.


“Winter Bike Fashion Show.” WKOW 27 News, November 2, 2019.

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On the south side and north side, it’s not even safe’: A tour of Madison’s bicycle inequities.

The Cap Times

Baltazar De Anda-Santana, who works for the Bike Fed in Madison and is a Madison Bikes board member, goes on a ride of Madison’s south side and shows the inequities in our city’s bike infrastructure — and bike advocacy.

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Madison officials, bicycle advocates eschew city’s mandatory registration program

Wisconsin State Journal

Chris Rickert reports on the low compliance with Madison’s mandatory bicycle registration program, quoting Madison Bikes vice president Harald Kliems and board member Robbie Webber

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Mayoral veto of buffered bike lanes on Winnebago Street buffered bike lanes on Winnebago Street

The Wisconsin State Journal and the Cap Times both quote from a Madison Bikes positions statement in their coverage of the mayoral veto of buffered bike lanes on Winnebago Street

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Rubber meets the Rubber meets the road: Madison’s ongoing fight between cars and bikes hits Winnebago Street

Isthmus

Dylan Brogan reports on the reconstruction of Winnebago and whether car parking or safer bike facilities and street trees should be prioritized