Tuesday Update: Highway M, workshops, Cranksgiving

Because of our Action Alert yesterday, we're serving our weekly update on Tuesday. Speaking of, have you written an email to the Council yet? It's not too late to express your support for keeping our shared use paths clear and to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from our transportation system through Vision Zero. Please send your comment ASAP -- the budget deliberations are starting today (Tuesday).

Have you test-ridden the new parking-protected bike lane on Bassett Street yet? This is a yearlong pilot project, and the city is looking for input. Does it make you feel safer riding on Bassett? Do you think it should be extended all the way to Wilson? Try it out and let the city know about the positives and negatives.

Photo: Jim Wilson

On Wednesday, attend a public meeting on the Highway M project on the north side of Lake Mendota. This is a highway expansion project, possibly turning the road into a 4-lane highway, which would incentivize sprawl and motor vehicle traffic. "If you build it, they will come" isn't just true for bike infrastructure, but even more so for expanding roadway capacity. On the upside: "Bike lanes, shared-use facilities and transit routes are being considered throughout the length of this project." Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, 5-6:30pm.

Also on Wednesday, the UW's Bicycle Resource Center is offering a free class on wheel truing: "Learn the basics of the art and science that is wheel truing. Bring your bike or front wheel or look on with other students. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees." University Bicycle Resource Center in the Helen C. White Garage (Lot 6) at 600 N. Park Street, 6-7:30pm, open to anyone.

That's not the only opportunity to learn about bike maintenance on Wednesday: Slow Roll Cycles is offering a Suspension 101 clinic, the first session in a series of workshops on bike suspension. Slow Roll Cycles, 4118 Monona Dr, 6:45-8pm.

On Saturday, it's time for Cranksgiving again! Part alley cat race, part food drive, the event this year will start at the Capitol. "Pick up your manifest starting at 11am, a brief motivational talk will happen before everyone starts and to make sure everyone knows what is happening, and then the race starts at 12pm sharp. Bring a bike, a bag, a lock, and about $15-$30 to buy food. The ending spot of the race is at Revolution Cycles. Also, no one will be mad if you donate more or if you don't go to every location! It's your adventure! Bring a big trailer on that awesome bike of yours! The more the better!"

If you're interested in test riding a fat bike, Fitchburg Cycles is hosting a demo day. They will have bikes from Giant, Borealis, Reid, and Cannondale available for test rides. 11am-5pm.

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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