Working with the a team of contract lobbyists, our thousands of members and our political leaders, the Bike Fed works to create bicycle-friendly policies and legislation that builds world-class bicycling in Wisconsin. The highlight of our annual legislative efforts occurs at Lobby Day each spring in which hundreds of people from across Wisconsin travel to Madison to meet with their elected representatives in the State Capitol and talk about the importance of bicycling in their community. You can learn more about our current and past legislative priorities on this page.
The Bike Fed unites hundreds of bike supporters from every corner of the state through our annual Wisconsin Bike Summit event. One of the most important bike events of the year, the Wisconsin Bike Summit educates local advocates and city leaders on bike-friendly programs and infrastructure, and it gives bike supporters a chance to make a strong presence at the Capitol to show our political leaders that bicycling in Wisconsin is important.
In partnership with Kimberly Clarke Corporation and the League of American Bicyclists, the Bike Fed organizes the annual Wisconsin Bike Challenge. Now in its second year, the online Bike Challenge engages more than 6,000 participants who collectively log more than 2 million bicycle miles. The challenge is a great way to engage in friendly competition with your coworkers or your friends to see who can put on the most miles. Learn more about the challenge here.
The Bike Fed helps coordinate and run Bike to Work Week events around Wisconsin. Bike to Work Week is run in concert with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike to Work Week and the Wisconsin Bike Challenge. From Bacon on the Bike Path to Bicycling Made Easy presentations at local businesses, Bike to Work Week helps encourage more people to try going by bike to work.
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin works with communities around Wisconsin on bicycle and pedestrian plans that create a long-range action plan to become a more bicycle- and walking-friendly community. Read more about our services here or contact Sarah Gaskell, our planning manager.
Want to make your business more bicycle friendly? The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin can help your organization (no matter how small or large) create an action plan that makes your office place and your organization more bicycle friendly. Learn more about our services here or contact Matt Gissibl, our business relations manager.
This is the summer version of our Safe Routes to School: Bicycle Driver’s Ed program. Bike Camps focus on bicycle safety skills but also give participants extended time on the bike exploring their neighborhood and beyond. The camps are targeted at middle school-aged youth and run for one- or two-week sessions June through August. Bicycles and helmets provided on request. For availability and rates, contact Jake Newborn below.
Wisconsin Bike Summit
New this year, we are separating Lobby Day from our Wisconsin Bike Summit and creating two distinct events. A separate Wisconsin Bike Summit allows a different Wisconsin community to host the event every year. In this way, we’ll be able to educate, unite, and mobilize more people around the state and at the same time, give different communities the opportunity to showcase what makes bicycling unique in their area. We are planning the 2013 Bike Summit for late summer. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
Valid Bike Shop
Located in Milwaukee’s North Division High School, Valid Bike Shop is a bicycle mechanic training ground for at-risk middle and high school-aged youth. Mechanic trainees gain valuable job training and mechanic skills while helping to fix and maintain hundreds of bicycles for the Bike Fed’s summer Bike Camps and the Safe Routes to School Program. Donations of used bicycles are always welcome. Call Jake Newborn at 255-0377 or send him an email via the button below to make an appointment to drop off your donated bikes.
The Ride Guide is Wisconsin’s only comprehensive cycling guide. This annual publication is your most complete source for recreational/club organized rides, charity rides, bicycle tours and races around the state. Bike Fed members get the Ride Guide in the mail, but we also distribute 25,000 copies to local bike shops around the state in April.