50th Post! COMMUTE Series Video & Photos

The first of the four COMMUTE series workshops was tonight and it was a TON of fun! There were 35-40 people at the event for the actual series and a few students hanging out doing some homework while the event was taking place. A decent turnout for a first event. We only managed to take a few good photos since the lighting in Redamte isn’t very bright at night. Next time we’ll have a tripod for some better shots!

All of the speakers were really great and very informative. I enjoyed having speakers from various organizations to help show a broader view of what cycling and commuting by bike can do for ourselves, our environment, our pocketbooks, and our communities. There was someone from the Edgewood College Sustainability Program, Machinery Row, Sustain Dane, The Wisconsin Bike Fed, and I chimed in on behalf of Saris/20by2o2o.

I actually shared some info via a case study that Saris did. Saris has a program called The Hub that allows a business or organization to track bike commutes by using a scan card system. Saris is currently partnering with Sustain Dane to try and promote the product to local businesses that could greatly utilize the program and create incentives for employees to choose to get to work by bike rather than driving. They can even adapt it for car pooling. Saris actually uses a point based system for commuters to win prizes for certain mileage milestones. InfographicAfterwards there was a Q&A that allowed everyone to chat for a bit. There were a lot of really enthused potential riders. It was great to have such positive energy and feelings about the series. I hope everyone continues to come to the rest of the events!

There was definitely some networking happening between the various reps from the organizations, so stay tuned for more fun stuff in the works!

Check out the poorly shot, hastily edited video showing a bit of the event. Again, dim light and no tripod makes for some issues, but we hope you still enjoy!

Thanks again to everyone who participated and who came out for the night ūüôā

-Cassandra

Choose to Commute!

We’re super excited to finally spread the word about this event! COMMUTE is a four part series about what? Bicycle commuting of course!

The series is being presented by Redamte & 20by2020. Community partners include Sustain Dane, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Edgewood College, Bicycle Benefits, Machinery Row, and Saris Cycling Group.

Each part of the series will have a different topic for discussion. The dates and themes are as follows:

Feb 25 // Why Commute?
6pm at Redamte (449 State St // Click for map)
Join us at Redamte for a panel discussion detailing the health, economic, environmental, and social benefits to cycling.

Mar 4 // Gearing Up!
6pm at Machinery Row (601 Williamson Street // Click for map)
Join our experts at Machinery Row Bicycles on John Nolan Drive as they showcase the various products for you and your bicycle that will help ensure a comfortable and convenient¬†commute. Bring your bicycle to have it checked out by Machinery Row’s mechanics!

Mar 11 // Safety First
6pm at Redamte
Learn the rules of the road and receive a free helmet fitting and light pack! Join our Q&A Session to answer any questions you have to ensure a safe and stress free commute on Madison roads and paths!

Mar 18 // Group Ride
Departing at Redamte at 6pm
The best way to learn how to commute? Get on your bike and ride! Join us for what we hope will be a monthly ride through Madison and enjoy the views as you ride with other new commuters and veterans alike! Join us after the ride for free refreshments at Redamte!

A little birdie told us there will be some giveaways from Planet Bike, Bicycle Benefits, 20by2020, Saris, and more! That may be subject to change, but we’ll be sure to report the details as we receive them.

Anyone interested in attending the event should RSVP on the website: www.choosetocommute.org The site was recently launched so more information on presenters, etc. will be updated as the details get ironed out.

We’re super excited and plan on being at each event taking photos and actively participating with the folks who come out to the event. Cassandra is actually assisting in planning the event on behalf of 20by2020, so we of course will have the most up to date info on the event!