Last night, ten Poky Pedalers got a taste of bicycling at night, as well as some sweet treats, on the TGIF Dessert Ride. Although the weather forecast over the past few days had shown an uncomfortably high likelihood of precipitation right around the time we met, the raindrops stayed away during our ride.
This was the first nighttime Poky Pedal in PPSP’s four years of Bike Fun. Bicycling at night has its own special aura that is hard to describe. You simply have to try it out to feel it. Last night’s TGIF Dessert Ride gave us a splendid opportunity to relish such an experience. Continue reading
The city of Stevens Point recently created a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to offer guidance to city staff about how to improve bicycling and walking in Stevens Point. This 5-member committee is comprised of residents appointed by Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza who have shown interest in making biking and walking better in the city.
The committee members are Tori Jennings (Chair), Trevor Roark (Vice-Chair), Liz McDonald, Jim Menzel, and Marlene Pohl.
The BPAC has met a few times over the past month or so, primarily focusing on the mechanics of getting the committee started. The most recent meeting was yesterday. (See below for a report on this meeting.) The committee is still in a formative mode as they learn the rules that dictate how a city committee should operate to remain in compliance with Wisconsin state law. Continue reading
[Update Fri 4:45 PM: The weather forecast is not looking particularly favorable for Friday evening. The forecast today shifts the most likely chance for rain a bit later than had been indicated over the past few days, but there is still an uncomfortably high chance of rain – 50-60% – around 7 PM this evening. With temperatures expected to be in the low 60’s, even a light rain could feel uncomfortably cold.
I will not outright cancel the TGIF Dessert Ride, so if conditions seem reasonable as 7 PM approaches, then hop on your bike and join in the Bike Fun. If conditions deteriorate and nobody shows up, then the ride will effectively be cancelled.
By the way, if we have a group of Poky Pedalers downtown ready for Bike Fun when the rain starts to come down, we always have the option to skip the ride and simply head over to the dessert place. Sometimes, you don’t have to actually ride your bike to share Bike Fun.]
This Friday will be our final TGIF Dessert Ride for this year. It will be special because in the four years of Bike Fun with PPSP, this will be the first Poky Pedal where we’ll be riding after dark.
The TGIF Dessert Ride will meet on Friday September 18 at 7PM on the Stevens Point downtown square. From there, we’ll slowly ride our usual 3-mile route to the path through Pfiffner Park, along the Wisconsin River to Bukolt Park, and then retrace our pedal strokes back to a dessert place. Continue reading
[Note: The following is a transcript of a statement I made at the September 8 Stevens Point Plan Commission meeting as they took action to adopt the portions of the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan pertinent to the city.]
My name is Bob Fisch and I am the Chief Bike Fun Officer of Poky Pedaling Stevens Point. I am asking you to vote to approve adoption of the portions of the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan pertinent to the city of Stevens Point. Continue reading
Earlier this evening, the Stevens Point Plan Commission deliberated on whether or not to adopt the portions of the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that are pertinent to the city of Stevens Point.
The full plan is a county-wide planning document that was shaped over an 18-month period spanning late 2012 to early 2014. The effort in creating the plan was guided by a collection of elected officials, municipal staff, and ordinary citizens. Guidance was provided by a team of consultants with excellent credentials and ample knowledge of current bicycling and walking trends throughout Wisconsin and the US as a whole.
The collective expertise and commitment of all these contributors led to an outstanding document that serves as a blueprint for making bicycling and walking better throughout Portage County. The plan not only makes excellent recommendations for routes and infrastructure that comprise the engineering part of better bicycling and walking, but it also provides exceptional guidance for education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. Continue reading
It’s been quiet on the PPSP website for a bit, so I thought this would be a good time to give a status update.
I just returned from another trip to Southern California to visit my father. I am pleased to report that he is doing substantially better than on my last visit in June.
This trip was the reason there is a long gap between the most recent Poky Pedal and the next one. There are still two Poky Pedals remaining in September, and I’m happy to be back home in anticipation of sharing more Bike Fun with Poky Pedalers.
Because of my numerous trips to California, usually taking me away from Stevens Point for a few weeks at a time, I have made some compromises in running PPSP this year. One such compromise was the balance between creating Bike Fun and writing PPSP posts about bikey news in our area. Continue reading
On Friday evening, six Poky Pedalers enjoyed a nice bike ride and some yummy sweets on the monthly TGIF Dessert Ride.
From the Stevens Point downtown square, we rode our usual route over to the path through Pfiffner Park and then up to the loop around the pond in Bukolt Park. We were in Bukolt Park as the sun was setting, but unfortunately the skies were completely overcast (contrary to the weather forecast), so we missed out on a chance to view a nice sunset under a silvery half-moon. Continue reading
There’s another TGIF Dessert Ride this Friday evening, so make your plans to share Bike Fun on this family-friendly Poky Pedal.
The TGIF Dessert Ride meets Friday August 21 at 7 PM on the Stevens Point downtown square. (If there is an event on the square that prevents us from meeting there, we’ll meet one block north in the MSTC parking lot.) From there, we’ll ride a 3-mile loop along the riverfront path through Pfiffner Park to Bukolt Park and then retrace our path. We’ll end at a place where we can purchase dessert and share the company of Poky Pedalers. Continue reading
On Saturday afternoon, eight Poky Pedalers explored the north side of the Village of Plover. Although the temperatures were a bit on the warm side, there was a gentle breeze that kept us comfortable as we poked around. On our 12-mile loop, we discovered that when you get away from the main thoroughfares, the village has plenty of calm streets through scenic neighborhoods that make for a pleasant afternoon of bicycling. Continue reading
This Saturday, Poky Pedalers have a Bike Fun opportunity that will allow you to explore the northern portion of the Village of Plover.
The Poke-Around Ride – Plover North will meet on Saturday August 15 at 12:45 PM in Little Plover River Park near the tennis courts. From there, we’ll head off on a 12-mile loop bicycle ride on calm streets and non-motorized paths that will highlight scenic, historical, and whimsical spots scattered around the north side of the village. Continue reading