What does a bicycle-friendly community look like? People in Boulder Junction probably have a very different vision for their town than those who live in Milwaukee. Different communities have different assets and challenges when it comes to cycling, but at the most basic level, people want to feel comfortable getting around on bicycles and safe allowing their children to ride in their neighborhoods.

For the last hundred years or so, riding a bicycle has been a rite of passage that is as much a part of growing up in America as baseball and apple pie. It is hard to argue with the need for safe routes so kids can bike and walk to their friends’ houses, to the park and to school. However, with today’s traffic and distracted drivers, even many adults don’t feel comfortable riding on the streets in their own communities.

The Bike Fed is the only statewide organization that represents the more than 2.5 million people who ride bikes in Wisconsin every year, from road racers, mountain bikers, touring cyclists and commuters to the occasional recreational rider. No matter what kind of bicycling you enjoy, from small towns to big cities, if you are interested in making your community more bicycle friendly, the staff at the Bike Fed can help, no matter where you live.

We have a number of self-help resources based on our experiences helping different communities with different cycling-related issues.

This community resource section will provide answers and insight into the following topics:

  • How legislation at the state level impacts bicycling in your community
  • How to network with bicycle advocates in other communities around the state
  • Tips on how to be a more effective advocate in your community
  • Packaged bike safety programs for kids and schools that hit state learning targets
  • Improved on-street bikeways
  • Building sustainable mountain bike trails
  • The economic return on investments in bicycling
  • Help applying for the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community program
  • Find a regional ambassador to help in your community
  • Our Share & Be Aware Campaign includes all elements necessary for an effective, comprehensive safety campaign designed to encourage all users of the road to obey the laws and watch out for each other
  • We provide numerous bike and safety plans to work for your needs
  • Finally, we offer a comprehensive guide to safe cycling in most any conditions

If you don’t find what you need there, feel free to contact us directly via email or call one of offices in Milwaukee or Madison.