Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Next week's meeting with the Public Works Board will probably be more challenging. I'm sure they will have a lot of questions about the placement of the racks, the durability, and potential problems with snow removal and car doors. But if we have the strong showing we had last night, I think we will do just fine.
Scott brought up a good point last night in his public comments when he mentioned that Waukesha, sitting between the New Berlin Trail and the Glacial Drumlin Trail, was right on a proposed leg of the US Bicycle Route System. The idea of the USBRS is to have a interstate network of signed bike routes--the bicycle equivalent of the interstate highway system. Touring cyclists heading east from Waukesha would go into Milwaukee, then cross Lake Michigan on the Lake Express ferry.
Here's a map of the corridor plan. Cool, no?
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Something we've been working on for a while is finally going to be discussed at two City Committees with some real authority. And if you like our idea, I encourage you to attend one--or both--of the committee meetings to show City officials your support.
But first, a bit of background. Downtown Waukesha needs more bike racks. (Currently, there is only one correctly-installed rack in the downtown area, and it's in front of the Salty Toad). The WBA wants to resolve the bike parking situation by soliciting creative, sculptural bike racks from the artistic community here in the city. Sure, the BID could address the bike parking problem with some plain U-racks. But doing sculptural racks would have so many other benefits:
- Keep money spent on design and fabrication within the local economy
- Provide functional, beautiful, and interesting public art downtown
- Showcase artists and designers from the Waukesha area
- Generate interest and enthusiasm for biking to the downtown area.
We are raising funds for this project without using money from the City's budget. Last fall, we pitched our idea to the BID's Downtown Environment and Streetscapes committee. We identified possible bike rack locations and sent them to the City engineering department for review. We met with the Waukesha Public Art committee. We sent Mayor Scrima a proposal to fund a portion of the project using the New Day for Waukesha fund. We got some press.
Finally, all of those meetings are starting to pay off. Our project is up for review and "conceptual approval" by two City committees in the next couple weeks. Some preliminary aerial photos of possible locations of the racks and some photos of sample artistic racks from other cities will be presented for their consideration. We will have two representatives from the WBA on-hand to answer any questions, but we would also like to have lots of people in attendance to show their support for the proposal. So, please come to one (or both!) of these meetings:
- Plan Commission: Wednesday January 26th at 6:30 in the Council Chambers in City Hall. It looks like we're at the end of the agenda; I will have to confirm whether we will be moved up. UPDATE: Yes, we are at the end of the agenda, so show up after 7:15 p.m.
- Public Works Board: Thursday February 3rd at 6:30 in Room 207 of the City Hall. No agenda yet as of today.
You don't have to stay for the entire meeting, but only for our turn to present at the meeting. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
It was a great time last night as 13 of us braved the arctic weather for a nice ride around downtown. Thank you to everyone who came out and made donations! Special thanks to Waukesha Tattoo Company and El Sol de Mexico for hosting our wily group. It was a pleasure visiting these great downtown businesses. Also, don't forget Janboree is going on right now!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
First our Twitter feed is now on the blog sidebar. >>>>
And we have finally figured out how to add the group slide show from our Flickr, please feel free to contribute your Waukesha bike related pics to the group, just add Bike Waukesha to your Flickr groups.
This Friday, meet at Waukesha Tattoo Company on West Main before 7:00pm to embark on a scenic bike tour of Waukesha. Afterwards, El Sol de Mexico is hosting with parillada's and from there we'll visit a few more downtown establishments. Cost is $10 and includes dinner. Helmets and lights highly recommended.
Dress warm and hope to see you there!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
For those not interested in snow riding, a few of us are going back to Ray's Indoor in Milwaukee tomorrow night. If you have any inclination to test your skills, come out and give it a try. After just a few hours there, you will come away a better bike rider! There's something for everyone so don't be intimidated. Email me if you're interested in joining us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The Lake Country Trail has about 2" of snow on it, which is passable with a cross or mountain bike. If you're looking for an adventurous workout, I'd recommend it!
Meanwhile, the New Berlin Trail has been cleared along with the Fox River Trail. The Glacial- Drumlin has been plowed West to Hwy C in Delafield, then an inch or two of snow beyond that. Everything looks good if you're willing to bundle up and head out this week!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Ray's is open every day with daily rates of $19 on weekdays and $24 on weekends. Season passes are also available. If you feel your bikes not up to par, they have mountain bikes and BMX's you can rent for $10/day. The park is located on the North side of Milwaukee and all the information you need can be found here. Thanks to Derek and Marty for getting me out there!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The paved trail is planned to connect the Glacial Drumlin Trail along Hwy. 18 to the Lake Country trail in Delafield and ultimately to the Lapham Peak State Park entrance on Hwy C.
Monday, January 3, 2011
in back of a pick-up. Thanks & Happy New Year!