Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Minooka Trail Work Finale This Sunday!


If you need a reason to burn off the leftovers after the long weekend, our last work day of the year at Minooka will be this Sunday, 9am-Noon. Meet in Picnic Area 5 (end of the road) at 8:45a. Dirt work and brush clearing-- long pants, heavy shoes or boots and gloves are suggested. Metro/WBA will supply tools. Please be prompt and RSVP so we can plan tools and refreshments. Parking permits will be issued to volunteers who don't have county park stickers. Just tell the attendant you're volunteering for trail work, we'll have the permits in the parking lot. We are very close to having the first loop finished, which will open in Spring!

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you to everyone who's helped out this Fall!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bikesha Food Drive Ride

A light turnout but still a good time. Thanks to those who came, rode and donated some goods to the food pantry. Also thanks to Ayhan at Cafe de Arts and Dan at Magellan's for hosting. We'll do it again next year!

BTW, this Tuesday Magellan's is having a Sprecher Brewery beer tasting (with their fine sodas too if you have kids) and Dan is working on some specialty pizza's to go with the samples. $15.00 and details should be on their FB page.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bikesha Food Drive- This Friday!

 7pm- Cafe de Arts - Epic Parkway Riding- Magellans Pizza
3 Nonperishables- Fight hunger!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Trail Work Continues..

Thank you to the 14 volunteers who came out to Minooka last Saturday. We're making great progress but there's still plenty to do.

We'll be back out at Minooka the next two Sunday mornings, meet at 8:45a in Area 5 and we'll work from 9-Noon. Pants, durable shoes and gloves will be neccessary. RSVP if you can make it, bikewaukesha@gmail .com or on Metro's site.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Minooka Work Day Photos

Starting the day off right. Thanks Todd!

Down to work.

Nice trail!
Thank you to the 25+ volunteers who've come out the past two Sunday's to work on mountain bike trails at Minooka Park! The first 2mile loop is nearly 25% done! Our next work day is this Saturday morning from 9-Noon. Please RSVP to bikewaukesha@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out.

Thanks again to Metro Mountain Bikers and Waukesha Co. Parks for partnering with us to bring mountain biking to Waukesha.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bikesha Food Drive- Nov. 16th!

Once again, our annual Bikesha Food Drive is coming up next Friday the 16th. As usual, we'll meet at Cafe de Arts around 6:30 and head out at 7:00pm. Cost is 3 non-perishable food items and the post-ride Magellan's pizza is on us! Prizes to the most food biked in. Helmets and lights are required and dress warm, the parkway is especially chilly this time of year. Thank you to Ayhan at Cafe de Arts and Dan at Magellan's for their continued support of our events!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Minooka Trail Work Underway!

The first steps toward bringing mountain biking to Waukesha are now underway! After a year of planning, the physical work now begins. Last Sunday, Marty Weigel from Metro Mountain Bikers came out for a "trail work training day". We spent a good hour discussing safety, trail building techniques, and tool usage.

After that, it was off to the woods to build some single track!

After a couple hours, we had a nice section near completion.

There's still quite a bit more to do though, and if you want to help we'll be having another work day this Sunday morning. We'll meet in Minooka's Picnic Area 5 lot from between 8:30-8:45 and start working promptly at 9:00am til noon. Please email us (bikewaukesha@gmail.com) if you plan on coming or reply on Metro's event page so we know how many to expect.

Thanks to Waukesha County Parks and Metro Mountain Bikers for partnering with us on bringing mountain biking to Waukesha!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fright Hike Ride- Oct. 27th!

Halloween is coming up and what better way to spend it then getting out for a spooky bike ride? Once again, we'll be planning to ride out to Delafield for the the Lapham Peak Fright Hike on Saturday Oct. 27. Meet at the Steaming Cup between 5:30-6:00, we'll roll out at 6pm.

We'll take the Glacial Drumlin Trail out to Lapham Peak for the haunted hike, stop in downtown Delafield to eat after, then return back on the Lake Country Trail. The nice thing is, the round trip ride is about 90% bike path! The ride will be dark and spooky though, so bring a friend, lights, a helmet and dress warm as it's always a chilly ride back. No cost for the ride, Fright Hike admission is $5.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 21, 2012

We Have A Plan!

With a lull in the action at Tuesday nights Common Council meeting, Waukesha's Bike and Pedestrian was easily adopted. Since it passed both the Public Works and Park& Rec Boards earlier, it was placed on the consent agenda for a unanimous passing (thank you Ald. Reiland for having it moved up on the agenda).

What's exciting to learn is that some of the projects in the plan are already underway. With the Grand Ave. repaving, there will be bike accomodations along there when they stripe in the next couple months. Also, East Ave. from College to Sunset will be reconstructed next year with bike lanes and Wisconsin Ave. may have bike lanes added next year. Also, the Park & Rec Board is working on getting the New Berlin connector trail improved to Carroll University, one of the links to connect it to the Glacial-Drumlin on West side of town.

Thank you to Parks Director Ron Grall and Anne Freiwald of ALTA Planning and all the various groups and individuals who contributed to this project and got it underway. Already some great things are in progress and with a solid plan in place we can look even further down the road!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bike Plan Goes To Common Council!

Waukesha's Bike & Pedestrian plan cleared its first couple hurdles this passed week. Last Thursday, the Board of Public Works approved the plan for adoption and last night the Parks, Recreation & Forestry board also unanimously approved. The next step is taking the plan to Common Council on September 18th for final adoption.

If your a cyclist or someone who just wants to see Waukesha become a more walkable and bike friendly city, please come to the common council meeting at City Hall on the 18th at 7:30pm. Once the plan is adopted, it means any future improvements to city streets or parks will have to consider bicycle and pedestrian accomodations refering to this plan. Having these items in the plan also helps the city move forward on fundraising for certain projects in the plan. Apotion of this plan will help Waukesha progress as a city, improve its quality of life and help it become a hub and destination in a larger county-wide and regional bicycle network.

Thank you to Ron Grall at WPRF and Anne Freiwald of ALTA for all their hard work on this plan. One more meeting to go and I hope anyone who can, will come out to support the approval of this plan. See you next Tuesday!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

The final draft of the plan was released August 1, 2012 and the members of the steering committee received notice of it August 24.  There are interesting differences between it and the draft from December 1, 2011.

Ron Grall of the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department, announced upcoming meetings on the plan in his 2012-08-24 email:

With completion of internal reviews  and coordination with the recently approved Central City/Downtown Master Plan, we are set to proceed with the formal approval process for the proposed Bike-Ped Plan (attached) and would like to take this opportunity  to inform you of the following up-coming  public meetings:

Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting
September 6 (7:00 pm)
AT: City Hall – Room 207

Parks, Recreation & Forestry Board (PRFB) meeting
September 10 (5:30 pm).  
AT: Parks, Recreation & Forestry Dept. (1900 Aviation Drive)

Targeted Council adoption is 9/18.

The BPW meeting  emphasis will be on “on-road” items
The PRFB meeting emphasis will be on “off-road” items

We encourage interested  persons to attend one or both meeting presentations.

Find complete information about the City of Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian plan, including all supporting documents and WBA's contributions here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bikesha- Two Weeks!

Time for another social ride!


When: Friday August 31st, 7:00pm
Where: Meet at Cafe de Arts, ride through Waukesha and the Fox River Parkway, Finish at Magellan's.
Cost: $10 to the WBA and get's ya pizza!
Need: Any bike, lights, helmet, dress casual.
Why: FUN!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Waterville Road Incident Update and Sound-Off Reactions

Update on the Waterville Road incident.


Sound-Off #2

Sound-Off #3

As usual, the complete anonymity allowed by the Freeman in the Sound-Off column brings out plenty of opinions that only can match those left on internet message boards.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sometimes Government Listens..

The Lake Country Trail along Hwy. SS at Pewaukee Lake, before:

And after:

photo: Waukesha Co. Parks

Thank you Waukesha County Parks Dept. for quickly addressing this!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Rodeo Re-Cap

The Bike Rodeo at Christ the Life went great!  Somewhere between 60 and 70 kids showed up to have their bikes checked over by Cyclesmith, get their helmets fit, and to learn some biking skills. 

Bob, Tim, and I represented the WBA in the "driveway", "stop sign", and "look over the shoulder" portion of the courses.  I think we all had more fun than we were expecting .  I even helped a girl take off on her own for the first time without training pedals--how awesome is that? 

Keep an eye out for pics of the event in Waukesha NOW, thanks to Chris

Bikesha Blast!

It couldn't have been a more perfect night to wind down Waukesha Bike Week! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I think everyone had a great time. Many new faces along with many "veterans". Huge thanks to Dan at Magellan's for once again hosting us with his great pizza and Ayhan of Cafe de Arts, who's always supported us and finally made his first Bikesha! Thank you to everyone who came out!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ride Of Silence

Tonight's ride was in honor of cyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. About 50 riders came out for a slow, silent 5 mile procession around the city. The ride was preceded with some thoughtful insight by Spring City Spinner's Mark Blackman on why they started the ride here after losing their club member, Alan Belonger in an accident in 2009. Afterwards, Pastor Eric Edwards of Christ The Life Lutheran Church lead the group in prayer and Dave Burch read the Ride of Silence poem before we rolled out. It was a peaceful, sunset ride escorted by the Waukesha Police Department.  Thank you to everyone who came out and those that contributed to ride, Tim Held, Dave Burch, Pastor Eric, Mark Blackman, Spring City Spinners, Cyclesmith and the Waukesha Police.  Ride safe everyone.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bike To Work Day Recap

What a beautiful day it was to bike to work! With this weather we had a great turn out at Waukesha's 3rd annual Bike To Work Day! Over 25 people stopped by in the morning on their ride to work for some Cafe de Arts refreshments and to hang out, talk bikes and enjoy the weather a bit. Todd & Collin of Cyclesmith pumped up a few tires and kept people running smooth.  In the afternoon a few more showed up on their way home for the raffle. We gave out some great prizes from Cyclesmith, Cafe de Arts, Scott Stoll and Wheel & Sprocket.  A huge thanks to Cafe de Arts and Cyclesmith for all their help and also to ProHealth Care and Spring City Spinners for their contributions to Bike To Work Day and everyone who came out and made it worthwile!

See you all Wednesday at the Ride of Silence.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Next Bike-Weekend, Rodeo & Worship

To finish up Waukesha's Bike Week, we have a couple weekend activities planned:

Saturday, May 19: Neighborhood Bike Rodeo. 10-noon at Christ the Life Church, 3031 Summit Avenue, Waukesha. Get your kids bikes out of the garage and bring them over for bike safety checks by Cyclesmith mechanics, helmet fittings, and a kids practice area and skills course!

Sunday, May 20: Bike to Worship. If your church or congregation is planning on hosting an event, contact us and we'll make a note of it on our website and blog. If you want some ideas, send an e-mail to bikewaukesha@gmail.com and we'll be in touch! The following congregations have indicated they will have activities for Bike to Worship on Sunday May 20:

Christ the Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3031 Summit Avenue, Waukesha

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 100 East Broadway, Waukesha.

Waukesha City Church, located in St. Mattias Episcopal Church, 111 E Main St, Waukesha

First Presbyterian Church Of Waukesha, 810 N. East Ave., Waukesha

Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church, W299N5595 Grace Dr., Hartland WI 53029

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bikesha Social Next Friday!

Next Friday we'll round out the weekday events of Bike Week with Waukesha's ever popular Bikesha social ride. As in the past, Cafe de Arts will host the start of the ride and Magellan's will have the pizza at the finish. Gather at CdA between 6-7pm, we'll leave at 7:00. If you haven't done the ride, it's a great way to see the city by bike and experience the great bike ways we already have. Cost is $10 and covers the pizza! Helmets and lights are strongly encouraged.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ride Of Silence Next Wednesday

As part of Bike Week, next Wednesday we'll be hosting Waukesha's Ride of Silence. This is a nationwide event to honor cyclists killed or injured on the roads. The 5 mile silent ride will start at 7:00pm from Waukesha State Bank. Check in starts at 6:00pm and there will be a brief ceremony before the start. It will be a slow ride through the city with a police escort. The ride is free and anyone is welcome to participate. Please bring a helmet and lights to remain safe and hope to see you there.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bike To Work Day Next Monday!

Next week Waukesha Bike Week officially begins and our first event will be Bike to Work Day next Monday the 14th. Come see us on your ride in at the Farmers Market Pavillion downtown from 6-9am. You can check in for a raffle and grab a coffee and scone on your commute through town.  In the afternoon be sure to stop by Cafe de Arts between 5-7pm as we'll be raffling off door prizes from local bike shops Cyclesmith and Wheel & Sprocket. Thanks to additional sponsors Spring City Spinners and Pro Health Care. The weather should be good next week so come on out!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Need A Reason To Bike Downtown Tonight?

Bike friendly bar & restaurant Magellan's M2 is hosting a beer and pizza tasting tonight starting at 6:30pm. For $15 person/$25 a couple you'll get four pints of North Coast craft beer to sample and also try some new pizzas Dan has been working on. Award winning indie film Okie Noodling will also be be playing for your viewing pleasure. If you needed a reason to leave the car behind tonight, this is a good one!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Local Stuff Today!

First, a nice write up on On Milwaukee about Adam and the Carroll Bike Shop. Today is their open house from 2:30-4:30 with a ride with President Doug after. Also don't forget, our friend Scott Stoll will be at Carroll tonight at 7pm talking about his adventure of cycling around the world. Be sure to check it out if you can!

Edit: A couple of important things were left out of the OnMilwaukee.com article-
1: Cyclesmith has been a great partner of the new Carroll Bike Shop, they not only help the shop greatly but provide excellent service to all students and faculty who have been in their shop. 
2: The Carroll Student Senate voted to purchase and install over 20 bike racks for the campus showing the shared commitment for increasing bicycle use between the students and university.

I am sure some edits were made, and the interview was very impromptu and unexpected, Royal did a great job and pushed the article a lot sooner than we thought it would hit the site. 


Friday, March 30, 2012

Carroll University Bike Week

This upcoming week is Carroll U's Bike Week.

Here are some of the events that are open to public-
Weekly Bike Ride Monday @ 4:30pm leaving from the new shop @ 202 W. College Avenue (corner of College and Barstow) nice conversational pace, lasting about an hour with a possible Ice Cream stop.

Wednesday April 4th-
Bike Shop Open House and Grand Opening 2:30-4:30pm (202 W. College Ave)
Ride with President Hastad 4:30-5:30pm

....and Scott Stoll will be giving a presentation about his book, "Falling Uphill," detailing his four year journey around the world by bike. It will be held in the Recital Hall in Shattuck Music Center from 7-8:30pm. FREE!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rack 'N' Roll Fundraiser next Friday, March 2

The Waukesha Business Improvement District and Carroll University are putting together a food sampling event to raise funds for bike racks in downtown Waukesha:

Friday, March 2  7:00 p.m.
$35/1 ticket; $60/2 tickets
Carroll University
Stackner Ballroom
101 N East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

Buy tickets through the BID
The BID is still looking for corporate sponsors for the event, which will also have a raffle, a silent auction, and a cash bar.  There will also be live music from The Memphis Connection, thanks to PNC bank.

We'll be there for sure!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Before the doors opened..

WBA with artistic bike rack information and Cafe de Arts coffee.

Busy all day!

Waukesha's Scott Stoll, who's bicycled around the world!

You could find just about any part you were looking for.

Bikes for all ages & sizes.

The first annual Waukesha Bike Swap was a hit! As all the vendors spots sold out this past week, we still had no clue what kind of reception it would have. If you've been to other swap meets, there's the initial opening rush, then after an hour or two things die down and most vendors are packed up by noon. We had a moderate line at the 9am opening and then people continued to stream through all day. Most vendors stayed right up to 2:00 when we had to shut down so everyone seemed to have a great time. Huge thanks to Todd Reynolds of Cyclesmith for organinzing this event, all the WBA volunteers for helping out, and Cafe de Arts for supplying the coffee! Proceeds from the event will be put towards the artistic bike racks and Waukesha Bike Week in May.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Upcoming Events...

Waukesha's first annual Bike Swap is coming up February 18th. If you're looking for deals on bikes or parts this is the place to be! Part of the proceeds go to the Waukesha Bicyle Alliance.

February 21st is the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin's annual Bike Summit. If you care about cycling in Wisconsin and you're community, please try to make this event. There will seminars on bike advocacy, lobbying sessions to meet with your elected representatives and a catered lunch. What better excuse to take off work on a Tuesday? Register here!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Trail Conditions 1/24

If you're up for venturing out..

The Glacial Drumlin (above) is cleared from Waukesha to Dousman, but icy from Hwy. DT to Wales. Studs recommended.
The Fox River Parkway & Riverwalk is also cleared but may be icy.
The New Berlin Trail should be cleared but I haven't headed east yet. Updates anyone?
Lake Country & Cushing Park Trails are not budgeted for snow removal. Snow bike recommended.

Plan ahead if you head out and enjoy!