Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waukesha Bike to Work Day & the Ride of Silence are a week away! We'll be doing Bike to Work Day once again from 6-9am next Wednesday, May 21, under the Riverfront Pavillion in Downtown Waukesha. If biking to work, stop by for some refreshments from Cafe de Arts, grab bags from GE and bike checks by Cyclesmith!

Later that evening we'll be hosting the Ride of Silence at 7pm. It will depart from the Gazebo on Bank St. (just over the river from the Pavillion) and will be a slow, silent 4 mile ride to honor cyclists who've been injured or killed while riding on the roads. Come on out if you can and support cycling in Waukesha!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Minooka MTB Trail Grand Opening, June 1st!

Press release:
 
Waukesha County Park’s First Mountain Bike Trail Grand Opening Announced

Ribbon cutting, open to the public, June 1 at 9 a.m.


Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas announced today the grand opening of the Waukesha County Park System’s first Mountain Bike Trail within Minooka Park.  The first phase, approximately 1.5 miles, will open to residents on Saturday, June 1 (National Trails Day) at 9 a.m. following a ribbon cutting event open to the public. 
 
Once all three phases are complete the total network of trails will be about five miles in total length.  They are located near picnic shelter 5, within Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Dr. in Waukesha.

“Part of the Waukesha County Park System mission is to provide our citizens with many different recreation opportunities and activities,” said County Executive Dan Vrakas.  “The mountain bike trails will meet a community and regional need, and promote bicycling and outdoor activities in the park. The trail system is designed to fit within our Master Plan update, and will offer a new way to experience the park.”

Waukesha County has partnered with the Waukesha Bicycle Alliance (WBA) in the design, construction and maintenance of the mountain bike trails at Minooka Park. Currently, Waukesha County has less than five miles of off-road trails designated for bicycles. “The alliance promotes getting more people riding on bikes in more paces, and that included off-road biking on trails,” said Ron Stawicki, president of WBA.  “Minooka Park was the perfect fit and we are happy to be a part of this recreational opportunity.”

"I would like to thank the Waukesha Bike Alliance who has devoted over 460 volunteer hours on planning and building these trails.  It’s because of the commitment of active groups within Waukesha County, like the Bike Alliance, that help make proposals like this a reality,” said Vrakas. 

The grand opening event is free and open to the public.  The $4.00 entrance fee will be applied after 12 noon.  There will not be an additional cost to use the Mountain Bike Trails above the $4.00 per car daily entrance fee into Minooka Park. 

The hours of operation will be consistent with the normal park hours, sunrise to 10 p.m., unless posted otherwise.  The trail will be open from April 1 to Nov. 31 weather permitting.  During winter, snowshoeing will be permitted on the trail.

Make National Trails Day a reason to get outside and get active!  American Hiking Society's National Trails Day is the country's largest celebration of trails.  After you enjoy a bike or hike on one of the county’s many trails, stop by to cool off at one of the six beaches that will be opening for the season.

The Waukesha County Park System is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities.  For more information visit www.waukeshacountyparks.com or call (262) 548-7801.

We also have to thank Metro Mountain Bikers and Cyclesmith for their support in making this possible. -Ron
 
 photo by Carlos Haeckel
 
 
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Waukesha Bike Week Begins Tomorrow!

Come celebrate cycling in Waukesha this whole week!



Saturday morning kicks off with kids Kids Neighborhood Bike Rodeo hosted by Christ the Life Lutheran Church at 3031 Summit Avenue.  From 10am to Noon, there will be bike safety checks, helmet fittings and bicycle workshops for kids ages 4-12. Volunteers are still needed if you have a little time. you can contact Pastor Eric at ejedwards2000@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping out.

Sunday morning, we'll be continuing mountain bike trail work at Minooka Park from 8:30-11am. Meet in Picnic Area 5. One loop is done and we're working towards having a second finished for the grand opening June 1st! if you don't have to take Mom to brunch after, bring your bike ride what we have finished. Work day details are on the Metro Mountain Bikers Events page.

Monday is Bike To Work Day. We'll be set up at the Riverfront Pavillion downtown from 6-9am with coffee, scones, grab bags and bike mechanics. Come make a pit stop and get your week to work started off by bike!

Wednesday is the national Ride of Silence. This is a slow 5 mile ride around the city to honor those who have been injured or killed while bicycling on public roads. The ride will begin at 7pm from the Springhouse in downtown on Bank Street.

Friday is the always fun Bikesha social ride. leaving Café de Arts at 7pm, we'll tour the Fox River Parkway and downtown, finishing up at Magellan's for pizza! Bring lights and a helmet, dress casual and have fun- that's what biking's about!

If you haven't gotten enough cycling in, you could still Ride to Worship on Sunday. Bikewaukesha.org will have a list of congregations promoting biking to worship this weekend.

Thank you to our sponsors, Café de Arts, CycleSmith, Spring City Spinners and Magellan's for making Bike Week possible!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oconomowoc Bike Summit this Sunday!


Come see the WBA and many others in Oconomowoc this Sunday!
 
 

Schedule

Greener Oconomowoc invites all to the free Earth Day Bike Summit at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on Sunday, April 21
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Greener Oconomowoc sponsored bike valet; Wheel & Sprocket sponsored tent with bike inspections and safety checks
11 a.m.: ProHealth Care bike helmet fitting and helmet sale
11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: "Wheel-y Good Stories" with Betsy Bromley
Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Bicycling safety demonstration by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
1 to 2 p.m.: Building Bridges bike forum
2 to 2:30 p.m.: "One World Two Wheels: The Impact of Bicycles as Transportation, its effects on health and the environment"
2:30 to 4 p.m.: Sweepstakes prize drawings followed by the movie preview of "Pedaling a Dream"
 
 
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

City of Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update

Ron Stawicki and I met Tuesday, April 2, 2013 with Ron Grall, who oversaw the development of the City of Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan through its adoption by the Common Council in September 2012, for updates on the pending implementation phases of the plan. 

Capital fund 420 (municipal improvements) for the 2013 budget year includes $433,300 for City Wide Bike Trail System Development, $200,000 of which was a Recreational Trails DNR grant, almost $200,000 matching funds from the city, and the rest to be raised through non-tax funding. The DNR grant is good for three years (with a possible extension).  Initially work will focus on design and planning for the New Berlin- Glacial Drumlin trail connector and on resolving the status of the retired railroad grade comprising most of its length, which the city leases and maintains but does not own.  Some work on the section between Frederick St and Grand Ave is projected for 2014.

There is an additional $85,000 for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accomodations for projects in the Plan to be determined by Engineering and Public Works.

The Plan is a multi-year endeavor to be implemented through the efforts of several city departments, mostly Planning, Engineering and Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Forestry, yet it is "owned" by no individual department. The plan was developed with Waukesha residents, public agency staff, and community stakeholders providing input, and consultants ALTA Planning.  One of the early implementation phase goals is to convene a standing Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) to focus on Plan implementation.  If you are familiar with or have worked with this type of group, please contact Ron Stawicki or me.

John Pehoski