[Grant Foster] said the group was created for people who bike around Madison and noticed opportunities for improvement in the city’s bike infrastructure. Many of those people felt like there was not a good way to organize and work towards fixing the problems that they saw.
“We decided to come together and create a space for that to happen,” Foster said. “Our vision is for a city where anyone can ride to and from any place in the city comfortably.”
Madison Bikes hopes to build out a network in Madison that will make cyclists feel more comfortable riding bicycles on the same roads as cars, Foster said. Many people are interesting in riding, but nervous to intermingling with cars.
“We don’t really envision Madison Bikes being the one that brings change on its own, more so a catalyst,” Foster said. “It really takes individual citizens to speak up, to share their input at city meetings.”
News Coverage About Madison Bikes
- "'On the south side and north side, it's not even safe': A tour of Madison's bicycle inequities." The Cap Times, October 6, 2018.
- 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.
- "Madison officials, bicycle advocates eschew city's mandatory registration program." Wisconsin State Journal, June 10, 2018.
- 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
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
"Paul Soglin vetoes plan to eliminate parking in favor of bike lane buffers on East Side street." Wisconsin State Journal, May 8, 2018
- "Mayor Soglin vetoes Winnebago Street reconstruction plan." The Cap Times, May 8, 2018.
- "Rubber meets the road: Madison’s ongoing fight between cars and bikes hits Winnebago Street." Isthmus, April 26, 2018.
- Dylan Brogan reports on the reconstruction of Winnebago and whether car parking or safer bike facilities and street trees should be prioritized
- "Madison commission set to discuss Winnebago Street construction." Channel 3000, March 27, 2018.
- Rose Schmidt talks to Madison Bikes president Grant Foster about the upcoming reconstruction of Winnebago Street
"Winter Bike Week". Channel 3000/News 3, February 4, 2018.
- News 3's Amanda Quintana sits down with Raj Shukla and Becky Jollay from Madison Bikes to hear more.
- "West Wilson Street reconstruction plans progress without bike infrastructure." The Cap Times, May 27, 2017.
- Abigail Becker reports about the upcoming reconstruction of Wilson Street, quoting Madison Bikes president and Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission member Grant Foster
- "Conflict over West Wilson Street remodel." NBC 15, March 20, 2017.
- NBC's Kalie Greenberg talks to Madison Bikes president Grant Foster about efforts to include a protected bike lane on West Wilson Street
- "Google, take the wheel: Madison gets ready for a future of driverless cars." The Cap Times, February 8, 2017.
- Madison Bikes board members Grant and Robbie offer their take on the autonomous car debate
- "Winter Bike Week encourages cyclists to ride during winter months." Channel 3000, February 3, 2017.
WORT FM on Madison Bikes, October 24, 2016.
- Robbie Webber and Grant Foster of Madison Bikes talk to 8 O'Clock Buzz host Matt Standing
- "New nonprofit encourages Madisonians to advocate for bike-friendly roads." Badger Herald, October 4, 2016.
- Article about Madison Bikes, Madison in Motion, and the UW's Campus Master Plan.
- "The multi-faceted job of getting people to bike." The Cap Times, June 29, 2016.
- Report from a podium discussion about the future of biking in Madison, with Robbie Webber as one of the panelists.
- "Q&A: India Viola wants women to feel empowered on their bikes." The Cap Times, June 12, 2016.
- Steve Elbow interviews India Viola about her involvement with Madison Bikes and We Are All Mechanics.
- "Madison Bikes, a local bicycling advocacy group, launches this week." The Cap Times, June 1, 2016.