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.
National Bike Month is like the cyclists’ solstice. We shed our studded tires, lined knickers, shoe covers, goggles, and other cumbersome riding gear in exchange for fun and free riding! To celebrate, the Wisconsin Bike Fed helps facilitate the Wisconsin Bike Challenge. The challenge is hosted via Endomondo and is 100% FREE to sign up for. The actual challenge is a part of a National Bike Challenge that pits states against each other for bragging rights and a way to see how your community or workplace stands up to the rest of the country.
You can sign up as an individual or you can set up a team for your workplace. It’s a fun way to get your co-workers, loved ones, and friends to be involved in a fun activity. It’s healthy to boot!
Smartphone users, you can use the Endomondo app to easily track mileage, calories, and other metrics. Bonus: When you reach a certain level of points (you get points for each mile ridden) you have a chance to win some great prizes from the challenge sponsors!
Tying into National Bike Month is also National Bike to Work Week. The Wisconsin Bike Fed has information regarding the various Bike to Work Week events around the state. Madisonians are fairly familiar with pastries and bacon on the bike path. Check out the poster below for info on the week’s events!