Two chances for better biking in Milwaukee

Chicago has snow and protected bike lanes!

 

 

For access to work, food, healthcare and social engagement, transportation is essential. For many around the state, owning or driving a car is not a possibility, whether that is due to income level, disability or lack of driver’s license. In these cases, walking, biking and public transit becomes a necessity. For others, choosing walking, biking and public transit provides an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to driving. It is for this very reason that our organization has partnered with the statewide transportation summit Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Transportation System for Wisconsin and is hosting a Milwaukee Bike Advocacy Agenda Brainstorm.

An effective plan that repairs local roads and provides transit rather than massive highways is essential to providing an equitable solution to Wisconsin’s broken transportation system.

Arrive Together

Join us at Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Transportation System for Wisconsin, taking place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Milwaukee Area Technical College (700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI in the Main Conference Center Room 605). This event includes a light breakfast, lunch and a social hour; a keynote address that is open to the public; a 2 hour Milwaukee Bike Advocacy Session by the Wisconsin Bike fed and Path to Platinum; a talk by Sierra Club President Aaron Mair and breakout groups and training sessions for equitable transportation and transit advocates. US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has also been invited to speak at this event and to attend the morning listening session. Come for the plenary session at 10:30 am or stay for the whole day! Registration is required and the 10 fee is only for those who can afford it.

 

Milwaukee Bike Advocacy Agenda Brainstorm

What are your ideas for making Milwaukee better for biking?  Come share your ideas, energy, and strategies to get things done that will make

Madison and Racine have push buttons for people biking to be able to get the light to change!

biking better across the city.

We have had some recent successes with road diets adding bike lanes and green lanes but more to happen just like we know you do. The Mayor announced that he wants Milwaukee to be Platinum but we will need protected bike lanes and investment from the City to get there. How can we build public pressure to get it done?  Join us and share your ideas.

 

Please RSVP here. Dec 15  5:30-7:30pm 16th Street Health Center. 1032 S Cesar E Chavez Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53204

 

The Bike Fed and Path to Platinum will use input from both sessions to develop an advocacy agenda and action plan to work on collectively in 2017.  Please share your thoughts and ideas at these meetings or below.

About Jessica Wineberg, Program Director

The second staff member hired for the Milwaukee office 10 years ago, Jessica created and runs Bike Fed’s statewide Safe Routes to School Programs, Bike Camps, and adult bicyclist and motorist education programs. Jessica lives in the Riverwest neighborhood with her husband Christian and son Everett.

One thought on “Two chances for better biking in Milwaukee

  1. This article, like so many others, leaves out the most convincing point about riding a bike for transportation: it’s fun. It makes you feel good now. Not in ten years, not so you can save the world twenty or 200 years down the road. Not so that you can supposedly live longer. It’s fun right now, and on the other side of the coin, driving a car is not fun.

    Few people understand or cares about this far-off-in-the-future stuff. That’s just reality.

    Also, mentioning the disadvantaged and low-income aspect, while true, does not have to come first. I see people riding by my house to work every single morning, and I don’t think any of them are low-income. While I have not interviewed them personally, I think they do it for fun and to avoid the hassle and discomfort of driving a car. The overwhelming majority of people on bikes for transportation left their car parked somewhere and took off on a bike as a choice. Speak to the rule, not the exception.

    There is such a prevailing submissive attitude among cycling advocates that you must never mention the fun of riding a bike, and that any conversation about fatalities has to start with an apology for sharing the road and the need to be safe. It’s pure baloney. Riding a bike is a superior means of transportation for a lot of purposes, and people on bikes don’t kill anyone. That’s the starting point.

    I support the Bike Fed and Jessica’s article and this meeting (can’t attend as I will be working, getting to work by bike). It’s just my opinion that these articles and meetings have to be more assertive.

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