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COMMUTE: An Educational Series

20by2020 is proud to co-present COMMUTE: A Bicycle Commuting Workshop. The 4 part series covers everything you need to know about why commuting by bicycle benefits your health, wealth, and your community! Each workshop covers a different subject matter over the 4 week period. New commuters or beginners should definitely attend tonight’s series for the basics.

Seasoned commuters should check out the other 3 series to bone up on safety issues, laws, proper riding gear, new gear offerings, and a bike ride that covers popular routes for commuters!

Check out www.choosetocommute.org for more info on the series or visit facebook.com/choosetocommute.

See you there!

First Valet of the Season! COTS Week 1

20by2020 kicked off one of several bike valets of the summer at week one of Concerts on the Square. Our volunteers Eric, Lindsey, and Cassandra parked a total of 75 bikes throughout the night in an area about the size of three car parking spaces! Well done guys and thanks to all the folks who rode in!

We’ll be hosting free, secure bike parking every Wednesday of Concerts on the Square. If you missed out this time around, join us next week for a chance to get some free 20by2020 swag. The first 25 riders get to grab a free shirt!

Enjoy the weather everyone. Stay hydrated and remember to get out there and RIDE!

20by2020 Provides Free Bike Valet at Concerts on the Square

Safe, convenient bike parking is a critical piece of supporting and encouraging people to ride bikes, especially to popular events. In support and to encourage this trend, 20by2020 will provide free event bike parking at all of the 2012 Concerts on the Square.

“For those of us who have been to Concerts on the Square we know that parking (both for cars and bicycles) can be extremely difficult to find. In order to encourage more people to ride we must provide safe convenient bike parking.” said 20by2020 co-founder Dave Cieslewicz. “Our hope is that the convenience of the bike valet will be motivational for new and veteran riders to bike to Concerts on the Square.”

What is bike valet? The 20by2020 bike valet is monitored bike parking for up to 200 bikes in a secure location. It’s a great use of space, and offers bike parking to let more attendee’s park more conveniently with easy access to sidewalks while also freeing sidewalk space for pedestrian foot traffic.

How does the bike valet work? As simple as a coat check, drop off your bike with the Valet Staff and pick it up when you are ready to leave.

The Concerts on the Square Bike Valet will be located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and W. Main Street. It will close a ½ hour after the event.
About 20by2020: 20by2020 is a community organization working together to increase the quality of life in Madison through bicycling. 20by2020 started when a group of Madison civic leaders took a trip to Northern Europe to study state of the art bicycle infrastructure. To learn more about 20by2020 visit our Facebook page @20by2020.

Bicycling Update from Dane County Executive Parisi

Here’s a message on exciting Dane County bicycling progress from Dane County Eexecutive Joe Parisi:

Dear Friends,

A sincere thank you to everyone that was able to participate in Bike Dane 2012.  I really appreciated your time and enjoyed the opportunity to directly see the enthusiasm and commitment to biking in Dane County.

I’m sending this email to recap the meeting in case you missed anything or were unable to attend.  Here are the highlights:

  • I am committed to continuing BikeDane and would like to meet on an annual basis.
  • The entire BikeDane report that was generated from the 2010 meeting was incorporated into the 2012-2017 Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan (POSP).  The POSP may be viewed at: http://www.countyofdane.com/lwrd/parks/open_space_plan.aspx
  • I have asked staff in the Dane County Highway and Land & Water Resources Departments to coordinate their efforts on bicycle infrastructure and to use the BikeDane recommendations as a starting point for decisions.  For example, in 2012 this resulted in the addition of bicycle lanes along CTH J in the Towns of Cross Plains and Springdale.  The County will also use BikeDane recommendations as a starting point when we work with other units of government, such as the MPO, and nonprofit organizations, such as the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.
  • There are several county highway projects coming up in the next few years that will include bike lanes or improved conditions.  Please contact Pam Dunphy at 266-4036 or dunphy@countyofdane.com for more information.
  • Bicycle infrastructure continues to be an eligible project under the 2012 Partners for Recreation and Conservation Grant Program.  Applications were due on April 2nd and I look forward to reviewing the grant requests.  Last year, several bike-related projects were funded, such as the grant to the Village of Oregon for connection from the Village to the Badger State Trail.
  • The County is working on several large and very exciting bike trail projects in 2012.  We recently completed a spur trail from the Capital City Trail to Baxter Park in the City of Madison.  Another great example is the design and engineering that is currently underway to close the 6-mile gap between the Glacial Drumlin and Capital City State Trails.  Please contact Chris James at 224-3763 or james@countyofdane.com for more information.
  • BikeDane2012PPTREDThe County would like to host three bike events in 2012.  Our focus for this year will be on paved trails at Cam-Rock, Lake Farm and Badger Prairie County Parks.  We’d like to create family-friendly events that include both trail rides and companion activities, such as berry-picking, disc golf, and mountain biking.  In future years we may expand the events to include road riding between County Parks.  We are just starting the planning effort and hope that you’ll volunteer to sit on the work group.  Please contact Laura Guyer at 224-3765 or guyer@countyofdane.com if you have any ideas or would like to volunteer.  We need your ideas!

You are also invited to view a PowerPoint presentation from the meeting that provides additional information.

I look forward to continuing our work together to expand bicycling options throughout Dane County.

Have a fun and safe season!

Sincerely,

Joe Parisi
Joseph T. Parisi
Dane County Executive
Room 421, City-County Building
Madison, Wisconsin  53703

Join us for the Annual Saris Gala on Nov. 12!

Besides being the biggest, funnest bicycle party of the year and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the members of the iconic 7-Eleven team, the Saris Gala on Nov. 12th is also an important fund raiser for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.  This year’s gala will feature a special effort to raise money for next year’s effort to get a vulnerable users law passed.

Vulnerable user laws define a class of roadway users who are more vulnerable to being killed or seriously injured by a motor vehicle. The definition may include bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, equestrians, highway workers, motorcyclists and farm equipment users. A Vulnerable User Law is intended to protect vulnerable roadway users and to appropriately and fairly punish those who harm them through reckless, careless, or even malevolent behavior.

A Vulnerable User Law in Wisconsin would provide law enforcement and prosecutors with an enhanced set of penalties that fall between a basic traffic infraction and a serious crime. Essentially, the law increases the penalty for careless or inattentive driving when these actions result in the injury or death of a vulnerable user.

Bike Fed is in the process of building support with partners across the State and will work with legislators to pass a Vulnerable Users’ Law in 2012.

States with similar laws: Illinois (allows for Class 3 felony), Oregon (commentary here), New York (A07917-C S5292-B), Delaware

Look for the special opportunity  Saris Gala, the Bike Fed’s biggest fundraiser of the year held on November 12, will feature a special opportunity to make a donation to help pass a vulnerable user’s law in Wisconsin. To register for the event (ticket prices increase from $40 to $50 on November 1st) and for more information, visit: www.sarisgala.org.

Volunteer for Bike Valet!

The Bike Fed has a number of opportunities to help out with Bike Valet in Madison over the next few weeks. We have just begun offering our Bike Valet service this summer and it is gaining in popularity quickly! We’ve already seen first-hand the many benefits of our bike valet. Read our blog about our Bike Valet benefits and success: http://overthebarsinmilwaukee.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/how-to-get-200-bikes-in-a-prius/

In order to offer valet at all of these great events, we definitely need some help! Volunteering at the Bike Valet is a lot of fun! Plus, you are playing a significant role in encouraging more people to bike to these events. You are making a direct difference!

Please email me back (amanda.white@bfw.org) if you can help with bike valet at any of these events and specify which events/shifts you prefer.

Heartland Velo Show This WeekendWe are especially in need of volunteers for this event!

  • August 27 – Shifts include: 10am – 12:00pm, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • August 28 – Shifts include: 10am – 12:00pm, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Alliant Energy Center

Taste of Madison

  • September 3 – Shifts include: 1:00 – 3:00pm, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, 5:00 – 7:00pm, 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • September 4 – Shifts include: 11:00 – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:00 – 6:00pm, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Alliant Energy Center

First Badger Football Game

  • September 1 – Shifts include: 5:00 – 7:00pm, 7:00 – 9:00pm, 9:00 – 11:30pm
  • Lot 114 across from Engineering Hall

Let the city know that you value bicycling!

ACTION ALERT! Mark your calendar for August 16!

The City is hosting five different Community Budget Conversation meetings to better understand what city services Madison residents most value and how we want our tax dollars spent. Each meeting covers particular city departments. The meeting for Traffic Engineering, Engineering, and Planning is August 16. Mayor Soglin, department heads, and most city alders will be attending this meeting. The discussion will not be focused on specific budget line items, but rather a general discussion on what people value within Traffic Engineering, Engineering, and Planning.

This is a critical opportunity for everyone who cares about bicycling in Madison. Please attend the meeting and tell the Mayor that bicycling is a major priority for you. I’ve heard that these meetings are attracting audiences of 100 – 200+ people. Let’s show our city leadership that hundreds of Madisonians prioritize bicycling! This is going to be a tough budget year with very difficult choices and deep cuts. The mayor will announce his capital budget on September 6, so this is our greatest chance to show up in large numbers to influence the Mayor and Common Council’s decision-making.

Plan to attend and bring co-workers, neighbors, family and friends with you! Please forward this post to list serves or post on your Facebook page to help us spread the word.

Tuesday, August 16
7 – 9pm
Madison Senior Center
330 W. Mifflin Street

To learn more about the Community Budget Conversation meetings click here: http://www.cityofmadison.com/budgetProcess/conversations.cfm

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Amanda White at the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin at amanda.white@bfw.org or (608) 251-4456.

Be part of making 20 by 2020 a reality!

Whether you are a self-proclaimed bicyclist or simply someone who hops on a bike for a Sunday ride from time to time, bicycling is something that you enjoy. The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and many community leaders across Madison, have launched the 20by2020 Campaign to provide bicycle supporters like you the chance to help move bicycling forward in our community.

The goal of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s 20by2020 campaign is to unite 10,000 Madisonians in an effort to create a Madison where tens of thousands of residents and visitors make bicycling an integral part of their daily life. We want an innovative bicycle system that encourages 20% of all the trips in Madison are made by bicycle by the year 2020.

In the cities across the world where bicycling is truly a part of every day routine, the quality of life is incredibly high. Take Munster, Germany for example. In Munster, 35% of all trips taken are made by bike. Compared to Madison, where only 3% of trips are by bike. For decades, Munster has invested in bicycle paths, policy and promotion to encourage cycling for daily transportation. By developing a robust bicycle system that makes women, children, and seniors feel safe on a bike, Munster is now rated among the top cities in the world for quality of life.

Imagine a Madison where 20% of trips are made by bike by 2020. This would be nearly 6 times the amount of bicycling currently happening! When we achieve 20by2020, our kids will be healthier and happier bicycling to school. Our roadways will be safer and less congested. Our community will feel more vibrant and active.

We can achieve 20by2020 if we unite together. We need you to pledge your support of achieving our vision of 20by2020. The Bike Fed will keep you updated on local bicycling news, fun bicycling events, and exciting new bike paths and bike boulevards. Signing your name is simple, but the impact of 10,000 supporters is significant. Sign today.

Help Shape Bicycling in Fitchburg!

The Fitchburg Planning and Public Works Department, with the assistance of The Street Plans Collaborative, are beginning a process to update the Fitchburg SmartCode to include enhanced requirements for bicycle thoroughfares, parking and other bicycle facilities.

You are invited to take part in the SmartCode Bicycle Planning Summit and contribute to this update. City staff and consultants are eager to hear from all stakeholders: landowners, taxpayers, businesses, and all kinds of bicyclists.

SmartCode Bicycle Planning Summit
DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Fitchburg City Hall, Council Chambers (5520 Lacy Rd, Fitchburg)

(See informational flyer at: http://www.city.fitchburg.wi.us/departments/cityHall/planning/documents/BicyclePlanningSummitFlyer.pdf)


For more information about the summit and the SmartCode bicycle update project, including draft documents, when available, visit the project website at http://www.city.fitchburg.wi.us/departments/cityHall/planning/SmartCodeBicycle.php.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Community Planner, Susan Sloper, at (608) 270-4256 or by e-mail at susan.sloper@city.fitchburg.wi.us.

Mayor, Trek Bicycle Announce Agreement on B-cycle Bicycle Sharing Program


Trek and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin are pleased to announce that they have reached a modified agreement that will allow the installation of B-cycle, a citywide bicycle sharing program, in the next month.


The capital costs of the new system will be donated by Trek Bicycle.


Trek, sensitive to the City’s current financial difficulties, has agreed to modify the contract so that the cost to the City will be $1 per year rather than the original $100,000. In return, the City, recognizing the significant capital contribution by Trek, will agree to extend the contract from the originally proposed three years to five. In addition, the City will not share in any profits generated during this contract period. The parties, by mutual agreement, can renew the contract in 2016.


“We are very excited to bring bike sharing to Madison,” said Trek President John Burke. “Madison is our home town and we are thrilled to be able to give back to this great city.”


In order to meet critical time deadlines, the original three year contract for $100,000 will be executed with the understanding that the terms will be brought before the City Council for approval. To wait for adoption of the new terms would delay the installation of the program by two months. Mayor Soglin said, “I am confident that as we team up to make this program work, getting the second contract approved can be done expeditiously. This is going to be a great program for the people of Madison, our visitors and B-cycle.”


The parties agreed to work closely throughout the contract period to make sure that issues regarding signage and use of the public right-of-way are minimized. The Mayor indicated that much needs to be done in the coming weeks to get the system installed and reporting to critical city committees as to the details of the plan.