We couldn’t help but post this awesome news! Madison B Cycle is offering 50% off of memberships from October 20th-24th. This is an amazing opportunity for folks to try out the bike share system for a fraction of the cost. $2.50 for a daily pass?! There’s not much in the world that you can purchase for $2.50. Not even a decent cup of coffee is $2.50 (assuming you tip your baristas)!
This means you can ride all around the city for up to 30 minutes per trip, dock the bike, checkout a new new one or the same one once docked, and continue on exploring. If that’s not a cheap date, then I don’t know what is.
Many of you will argue that you already own a bike or B Cycles are heavy or some other excuse. We live in an 8 bike house hold and we still find ways to use B Cycles. Often times if we have to drive downtown, but want to stay parked in the ramp, we’ll B Cycle to get to a restaurant, bar, or meeting place to get their faster than walking. B Cycle is a great way to get to the Badger game without having to find a place to park the bike or worry about your your bike if you stay longer than the Bike Valet allows.
I personally love B Cycle because I don’t always want to leave my fancy bikes downtown. It’s a huge pain to lock up my bike with several locks, remove all the lights, and other easily snatched items. B Cycles have built in lights, baskets, and locks! Oh and just docking it is way faster than having to lock a regular bike.
Honestly I could spend all day telling you why B Cycle truly kicks ass, but I’d rather you buy a day pass or cheap membership to try it for yourself 🙂
I should also state that UW Students and Employees get discounts on B Cycle memberships and I believe it’s for even less than the $32 for the annual pass, so B sure to check that out!
Next Tuesday May 13th there will be a briefing at the Capitol on the economic and health benefits of bicycling in Wisconsin. Due to the loss of funding, many bicycle infrastructure projects will not be funded. We have lost support for vital programs like Safe Routes to School, which directly effects the health of our youth. Bicycling is a $1.5 billion dollar industry in Wisconsin bringing over 13,200 jobs to our state and $535 million in tourism dollars come from out-of-state visitors here for bicycling. It is essential for us to re-educate our legislators on the importance of cycling to Wisconsin’s health and economy.
Take a few minutes today to call and email your legislator and tell them bicycling is important to you and your district and you want them to attend this briefing on May 13th. You can look up your legislator and find their phone number here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/pages/waml.aspx.
Please forward this on to your friends and family. The more voters our legislators hear from the more likely they are to attend this important event for Wisconsin cycling.
Bicycle Advocacy groups are popping up all across the United States. It seems to be the new trend in alternative transport initiatives. Most of you should know that the Wisconsin Bike Fed is one advocacy group that has been around the longest. For almost 26 years, the Wisconsin Bike Fed has worked to lobby for cyclists rights, help create the Safe Routes to School program here in Wisconsin, and have hosted a plethora of outreach events to communities throughout Wisconsin. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We could spend hours talking about all the work that the Fed has done for this state, but we’ll spare you.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed wants to continue to grow. They want to offer more to their members and they want to continue to improve upon all their years of hard work and dedication to the state of Wisconsin. That’s where the Strength in Numbers Campaign comes in. The campaign is a way for current Bike Fed members to take to the streets and encourage other cyclists and non-cyclists alike to join the organization.
The incentive based program allows members to share sign up information online. In the applications there is a referral area where new members can give credit to the member who encouraged them to sign up. For each member you sign up, you get an entry to win either a brand new Trek FX 7.1 flat bar road bike or a Trek X Caliber mountain bike. Get 5 new members and you not only get 5 chances at winning that sweet new bike, but you also get a limited edition pint glass!
The person who signs up the most new members wins an awesome Door County getaway package including dinner at the famous goat topped restaurant, Al Johnson’s! Not to mention a one night’s stay at the Scandinavian Lodge and TWO entries to the Door County Century.