Channel 3000 Promotes Choose to Commute/Bike Safety

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Channel 300 Promotes the Choose to Commute Series presented by the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Sustain Dane, and Planet Bike.

Come down to the workshop tomorrow at 7pm and grab a FREE light set thanks to Planet Bike!*

449 State Street (upper level) Madison, WI 53703.

Topics covered include:

-How to choose a commuting bike
-What safety gear is needed for riding
-Rules of the road
-Bike laws
-How to choose a route for commuting
-How to carry gear to and from work

Representatives from Sustain Dane, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, B Cycles, and We Are All Mechanics will be there to answer all of your questions!

We’ll most likely be there to support the event as well. We love Choose to Commute and Redamte!

*while supplies last

Choose to Commute Summer Series

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The Wisconsin Bike Fed, Sustain Dane, and Planet Bike Present:
Choose To Commute

A bicycle commuting workshop for beginners
Sponsored by Planet Bike and Sustain Dane
The first Tuesday of every month at 7pm
at Redamte (449 State St, Madison)

*Every participant receives a FREE bike light from Planet Bike*

Have you ever thought about commuting by bike, but didn’t know where to start? This workshop is for you.

Learn the basics – Safety, rules of the road, gear, and more
Find out tips and tricks from guest speakers
Get your FREE bike light from Planet Bike
Join us on a GROUP RIDE after every class!

Find out more and RSVP –> http://bit.ly/choosetocommute

OUR SPONSORS:
Planet Bike –> http://www.planetbike.com/
Sustain Dane –> http://www.sustaindane.org/

About The Wisconsin Bike Fed:
http://www.wisconsinbikefed.org/
http://www.facebook.com/bike.fed.wi
http://www.twitter.com/bikefed
http://www.instagram.com/bikefed

Choose to Commute- Madison Review

The COMMUTE series put on by new non-profit, Choose to Commute has sadly come to an end last week. I’m sad that it’s over as it gave me something to look forward to on my Monday nights, but I’m excited to expect another one in the fall!

Overall the series went really well. All of the guest speakers were phenomenal and I was excited to get so many folks from the community to represent the various organizations we have in Madison.

The first workshop featured Kathyrne Auerback (Edgewood Sustainability), Jessie Lerner (Sustain Dane), Jim Lorman (Edgewood Sustainability), Zachary Barns (Bicycle Benefits), Alison Reitter (Machinery Row), Aaron Crandall (Wisconsin Bike Fed/Madison Bike Winter).

Each panelist had great information and statistics regarding how bicycle commuting can improve your life.

Workshop Panel
Workshop Panel

Workshop two took place at Machinery Row. We couldn’t make it that night, but we heard the folks over at Machinery Row did a spectacular job covering the basics of gear needed for commuting. They went over choosing a bike, outfitting the bike with a rack and panniers, as well as what clothing choices commuters have.

Our personal favorite workshop was workshop three. Its focus was on how to ride safely in the city, laws of road, and various tactics on how to deal with less than ideal riding conditions. Arthur Ross (Madison Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator) and John Rider (Madison Bicycle Licensing Coordinator) were the presenters and had a wealth of knowledge.


Here’s a little preview of the presentation. You can see John’s daughter wanting to be a part of the show!

Part four of the COMMUTE series was a ride. A fairly decent size of veteran riders came out to participate and a few newbies came along as well. Ideally, more new riders should have participated. The weather was kind of tough to work with. It was still kind of cold out the day of the ride and many of the new riders at the other workshops either didn’t have bikes yet or didn’t have gear for cold weather riding.

Really most people could just have ridden in jeans, sneakers, and their winter jackets…oh well. The route was a short 5 ish mile route along popular commuter ways in downtown Madison. We’ll get them next time!

Photo Credit: Kierstin Kloeckner
Photo Credit: Kierstin Kloeckner
COMMUTE riders
COMMUTE riders

 
A HUGE thanks to Tom Klein for putting everything together. Tom has an amazing entrepreneurial spirit and is transitioning from music promoter to a leader in the local sustainability movement. Another big thank you to all the presenters as well as Kierstin Kloeckner for helping promote the event and being an awesome participant. Last, but not least, thanks to Redamte for opening up their wonderful space. The food and coffee is great there, please check them out!

We’re definitely looking to improve on promoting the series in the future. The first one was kind of a pilot to see how the format worked out. There are some ideas we’re looking to implement in the future to personalize the experience info for each participant.

If you have any ideas or are interested in participating in the future, please feel free to shoot us an e-mail!

 

 

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 🙂

-Cassandra

2013 Bike Related Events- February Edition

It may still be January, but there are TONS of bike related events planned out for the year. We’ll of course add these to our Events tab, but wanted to give a sneak peak of what’s coming up in the next month. We’ll add flyers and more details on the actual calendar pages. For now, take a look and start planning out your year of cycling!
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FEBRUARY

Feb. 1st– Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s Winter Carnival
Ray’s Indoor Bike Park
8365 North 76th Street
Milwaukee, WI
Noon-9pm, $25 in advance & $35 at the door
Includes open riding, free bike rental, games, food, beer, prizes, and more!
All Fed members encouraged to attend and folks from other cities will be carpooling in to attend the event.

Feb. 2nd– Mt. Ashwabay Fat Tire Double Donut Derby
Mt Ashwabay
32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI
Wisconsin Off Road Series- Race promoters recommend bikes with tires greater than 3.25″ aka FAT BIKES
The 2.5 mile course takes place in the ski area and there’s a post race potluck!

Feb. 10th– La Crosse Bike Winter Urban Ride
La Crosse Visitors Bureau
410 East Veterans Memorial Drive
La Crosse, WI
Join fellow cyclists in the La Crosse area from 1-3pm for a fun bike ride around town! La Crosse is the next Wisconsin city to really come on the scene as cycling friendly. Help encourage the city to integrate bicycle infrastructure by attending this event!

Feb. 11th– Day 1 Madison Bike Winter
Southwest Commuter Path
Crazy Legs/B Cycle Station
Madison, WI
EVP is providing delicious coffee to morning commuters! 7-9AM
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Monona Terrace
Downtown
Madison, WI
Enjoy FREE lunchtime yoga from 12:00-12:45pm.
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Location & time TBA
Madison, WI
Sustain Dane Eco Salon talks about bicycling in the winter.

Feb. 12th– Day 2 Madison Bike Winter
Harbor Athletic Club or Machinery Row (?)
*Check Madison Bike Winter page for more details
Madison/Middleton, WI
Director of the Madtown Maidens Alleycat and yoga instructor, Kiersten Kloeckner, is leading a Yoga for Athletes class from 6:30-7:15AM.
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West Washington & Cap City Trail- Train Depot
Madison, WI
Coffee for commuters 7-9AM
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Brittingham Beach House
Brittingham Park
Madison, WI
Join other brave souls to do a ride across the ice on Lake Monona. Ride starts at 6pm, event may be cancelled depending on weather/temperature. Safety first! Studded/fat tires and helmets recommended.

Feb. 13th– Day 3 Madison Bike Winter
Machinery Row & Cap City Bike Path Corner
Madison, WI
Enjoy bacon on the bike path courtesy of Planet Bike & the Greasy Gears bike dance troupe. 7-9AM
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Great Dane Brewery
Downtown
Madison, WI
Be a part of Madison Bike Winter tradition and join the Great Dane to Great Dane ride! Riders meet at 6pm at the Great Dane downtown and head over to the Great Dane Hilldale to enjoy more food, brews, and socializing.

Feb. 13th– Winter Bike Maintenance Workshop at Pearl St. Brewery La Crosse
Pearl Street Brewery
1401 Saint Andrews Street
La Crosse, WI
Ride your bike to The Pearl Street Brewery for a free pint and stay to learn some basic winter maintenance skills to keep you rolling through the winter.

Feb. 14th– Day 4 Madison Bike Winter
Southwest Commuter Path
Crazy Legs/B Cycle Station
Madison, WI
Just Coffee provides beverages to commuters 7-9AM
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Machinery Row Bicycles/Dream Bikes
Madison, WI
Show your bike some LOVE on Valentine’s Day. Machinery Row & Dream Bikes are providing bike tune ups for 50% off! Take advantage of this one time deal!
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Machinery Row Bicycles
601 Williamson St.
Madison, WI
Join other cyclists for a Valentine’s group ride around Lake Monona. Ride leaves at 6pm. Post ride party with beer at TBA location. Sponsored by Bicycle Benefits.

Feb. 15th- Day 5 Madison Bike Winter
Cronometro, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Just Cofee
Lakeside St. & John Nolen Bike Path
Madison, WI
Enjoy coffee on the bike path on your way to/from your destination! 7-9AM
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Brocach Downtown
Capitol Square
Madison, WI
Finish off your week of winter riding at Brocach Irish Pub. Join other winter commuters at 5PM for a party good drinks and food!

Feb. 15th– Bike Winter After Work Party in La Crosse
The Wine Guyz
122 King Street
La Crosse, WI
Come to a fun Bike Winter Party. Ride your bike to the Wine Guyz after work to enjoy some camaraderie and complimentary appetizer trays with other bicyclists.

Feb. 16th– Waukesha WBA Bike Swap
Waukehsa Expo Center
1000 Northview Road
Waukesha, WI
Check out some awesome bike wears while supporting a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Waukesha Bicycle Alliance.

Feb. 17th– Winter Riding Fashion Social
Earl’s Grocery and Saloon
401 3rd Street
La Crosse, WI
Come to Earl’s Grocery and Saloon for a fun discussion about the most effective clothes for riding through the winter months as well as some winter riding tips. Be prepared to share what you wear as well as get great ideas from others.

Feb. 23rd– La Crosse Bike Swap
Logan Middle School
1450 Avon Street
La Crosse , WI
The Wisconsin Bike Fed and Logan Bike Works are co-hosting a Bike Swap at Logan Middle School in La Crosse. All bicycle enthusiasts interested in buying or selling new or used bikes, parts or clothing should be sure to attend this event.

Feb. 25thCOMMUTE: A Bicycle Commuting Workshop, Part 1
Redamte Cafe
449 State St. Upstairs
Madison, WI
Join us at Redamte for a panel discussion detailing the health, economic, environmental, and social benefits to cycling.

Feb. 27thYou Never Bike Alone Movie Screening & Discussion
Redamte Cafe
449 State St.
Madison, WI
Enjoy a screening of You Never Bike Alone while enjoying coffee and treats. Stick around after the movie for a group discussion.