Thursday, October 28, 2010

ROCKESHA RIDE- Friday Nov. 19th!

Its coming up again, the best bimonthly social ride in town! If you haven't seen Waukesha by bike this is the event to do it. Come out for a bicycle tour of downtown, the riverwalk and Fox River Parkway with a bunch of your closest friends. Here's the deal:

Meet at: Cafe de Arts locally roasted coffee, 6-7pm. Ride departs at 7:00.
Finish at: Magellan's on Main/M2 for pizza & drinks.
Cost: $10, This is a fundraiser for Waukesha Bike Alliance and includes the Magellan's pizza!

Any kind of bike will work but lights and a helmet are essentials (I know, I know..) Thank you to Ayhan at Cafe de Arts and Dan at Magellan's for offering to host our ride! If you have a local business and want to be a part of the ride let us know! If you want an idea what this is about, here's some photos from the last one. Any questions, just email us- bikewaukesha@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Remembering Jeff Littmann

Services for Jeff Littmann are being held today. I didn't make it down to Cudahy, but still wanted to take a moment to reflect. Before coming to Waukesha I lived in Hartland and it was rare to do a ride in Lake Country Jeff wasn't on. I learned a lot from him in those days, not just about becoming faster but also about being responsible and respectful on the roads. It takes a lot of trust riding or racing in a pack and Jeff was always a wheel you could trust. The cycling community lost a great friend, advocate and mentor this past week and he will be missed. Ride on above us, Jeff.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sadness and Anger

Jeff Littmann passed away today. Littman is the eighth bicyclist killed by a motor vehicle in Wisconsin in 2010.

It's such a waste to lose someone who has positively touched so many lives. But we need to also remember the other victims of major crashes here in Waukesha County. I can think of four major bike crashes in the past year:

Last week - Jeff Littmann and Lauren Jensen on CTH C in Nashota
July - Travis Weber, who was crossing STH 164 on the New Berlin Trail in Waukesha
June - Benton Reed on Bluemound Road in the Town of Brookfield
June - Brett Netke, on Highway 18 near Dousman.

Enough is enough!

I hope that we can somehow honor all of these victims (and remember Brett, Benton, and Jeff) by having a motorist education campaign. Judging from the comments on the JS Online comment board, a lot of people don't seem to think that cyclists a right to use the road. I even had a conversation with a co-worker this morning who thought that cyclists should ride AGAINST traffic. Unfortunately I couldn't convince him that not only was that illegal, it would be highly dangerous!

We are hoping to work with the Bike Fed to put together some sort of education campaign to educate motorists about the rights and responsibilities that cyclists have on our roads. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, contact us or comment below.

Friday, October 1, 2010