The annual Wisconsin Bike Summit will take place in Madison on Friday of next week. The Bike Fed organizes this wonderful event to bring together folks from all over our state in order to learn from each other and help make bicycling better throughout Wisconsin.
The crowd at the 2013 Wisconsin Bike Summit (photo credit: Bike Fed)
I always look forward to the Bike Summit because it provides so many informative and inspiring presentations. I also relish the opportunity to chat with people from other cities and share stories about our respective triumphs and challenges. You can read my impressions about last year’s Bike Summit in this PPSP blog post.
The Wisconsin Bike Summit will take place on Friday October 10 in Madison at Edgewood College. Presentations run from 9 AM through 5 PM, and during each of the session slots there will be 3 parallel topic options. The Bike Summit will end with a bicycle ride to the Capitol building – about 3 miles away – where a rally in support of bicycling will take place. You can see the full schedule of speakers and sessions on the Wisconsin Bike Summit Schedule webpage. Continue reading
On a beautiful sunny fall-like afternoon, 27 Poky Pedalers learned about figures from Stevens Point’s past on the Influential Citizen Ride. Starting from Pfiffner Park, we rode a 13-mile loop visiting 10 locations commemorating the ten most influential citizens in the history of Stevens Point, as determined by a popular vote during the city’s 150th birthday in 2008.
Poky Pedalers enjoying the rest stop at the Dreyfus University Center during the Influential Citizen Ride
Our ride took us to Bukolt Park, St Joseph Congregational Home, Schmeeckle Reserve, Lake Joanis, Dreyfus University Center, PJ Jacobs Junior High School, KB Willett Arena, Ellis St, Iverson Park, and the Ruth Gilfry Center. At each location, a brief biography was given of the influential citizen it was named after. (Reverend Mother Mary Felicia Jaskulski does not have a namesake location; the St Joseph Congregational Home is the former academy and convent of the Sisters of St Joseph, built under her leadership.) Continue reading
The inexorable change of seasons is upon us, but there is still plenty of Bike Fun to share in the weeks to come. This Saturday brings the Influential Citizen Ride, an encore Poky Pedal from 2013.
Poky Pedalers on the Influential Citizen Ride in 2013 (photo credit: Karen Hoffman)
This Poky Pedal will visit locations around Stevens Point named after the ten most influential citizens in Stevens Point’s history, as determined by popular vote during the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2008. At each location, I’ll give a brief biography of that person, highlighting their influence on the development of Stevens Point.
If you couldn’t join us last year or you heard about it and were disappointed to miss it, this is another opportunity to experience the Influential Citizen Ride for yourself. Of course, Poky Pedalers who had so much Bike Fun on this ride last year that they want to relive that experience are more than welcome also. Continue reading
Over the weekend, Stevens Point became overwhelmed with bicycle-riding zombies, gypsies, Spidermen, and even a Mr Potato Head, all cruising the city in an effort to snap scavenger hunt pics and perform bike-themed challenges. No, this wasn’t some sort of post-apocalyptic alien invasion. It was simply the Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza, put on by John Pawlak of Point Area Bicycle Service (PABS).
Spiderman obviously enjoyed Bike Fun during the Extravaganza
Over 110 people participated in this massive Bike Fun event, and smiles were rampant among all the Adventurers throughout the pleasantly warm and sunny afternoon. This was undoubtedly a first-of-its-kind for Stevens Point, and by any measure, the Extravaganza was a huge success. Based on the great turnout, I suspect we’ll see more like this in years to come.
I spent the afternoon riding around taking pictures of the event. Bike Fun radiated from all I encountered, and I hope readers can vicariously share that positive energy from my recap and photos below. Continue reading
Bike share is an extension of public transit providing on-demand bicycle access for short urban trips. Bikes are checked-out from one station and ridden to another near one’s destination for check-in. In one common implementation, a membership fee allows repeated short bike trips of up to 30 minutes at no additional charge. Bike share can extend a transit system’s range, providing “last-mile connections”, and can also improve access beyond scheduled service hours and frequency.
A Bublr Bike in Milwaukee (photo credit: Bublr Bikes)
Bike share systems have been quickly spreading across the US over the past several years. Systems in New York, Chicago, and Washington DC have made headlines, but many smaller cities have implemented some version of bike share. In Wisconsin, Madison has had its B-Cycle system running for several years, and Milwaukee recently launched Bublr Bikes.
The recently adopted Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan recommends that Stevens Point conducts a feasibility study for a small-scale bike share system connecting destinations downtown and on the UWSP campus. Continue reading
Bike Fun comes in many flavors. So I’m particularly thrilled to see that John from Point Area Bicycle Service (PABS) will be creating his own spin on Bike Fun this coming Sunday.
The Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza put on by Point Area Bicycle Service will satisfy your Bike Fun cravings this Sunday
He is calling his event the Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza. On the PABS Facebook page, he describes it as “poker run, scavenger hunt, and super rad challenges en velo.” I don’t know what to expect out of all this, but it sure has Bike Fun written all over it. Continue reading
Bike Fun yesterday straddled the realms of urban planning and traffic engineering. The Bike/Ped Plan Vision Ride allowed Poky Pedalers to visualize how much better biking and walking will be once the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is implemented.
Poky Pedalers assembling for the Bike/Ped Plan Vision Ride
Dark gray skies and a very light mist greeted us as we assembled at Bukolt Park. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a very pleasant afternoon for bicycling – not too warm, not too cool, and not too wet – for the 13 Poky Pedalers who set forth to learn what the bike/ped plan is all about. Continue reading
[Update Sat 9:15 AM: The weather forecast for this afternoon looks good. Only a 20% chance of rain, and even then it would merely be of the sprinkles variety. A cloud cover with temps in the upper 70’s should make for a pretty nice Poky Pedal.]
This Saturday, Poky Pedalers will share Bike Fun of a different flavor on the Bike/Ped Plan Vision Ride. This will be an opportunity to learn about the recently adopted Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and the innovative infrastructure it recommends.
Learn about the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan this Saturday on the Bike/Ped Plan Vision Ride
The Bike/Ped Plan Vision Ride will meet on Saturday August 23 at 12:45 PM in Bukolt Park near the skate park. From there, we’ll head off on an 11-mile loop ride on calm streets and non-motorized paths to visit about a dozen locations in Stevens Point.
At each stop, we’ll learn about the biking and walking infrastructure that the Portage County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan recommends for that location. About halfway through, there will also be a rest stop where snacks can be purchased. The Bike/Ped Plan Vision Ride is free, and all Poky Pedalers are welcome.
Over the past few days, all I saw in the weather forecast for this afternoon was an uncomfortably high probability of rain. Yet as Poky Pedalers gathered for today’s Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnic, the sun shone brightly and the skies showed plenty of blue. This fortuitous weather persisted as 18 Poky Pedalers enjoyed a pleasant and delicious evening of Bike Fun.
Despite a rainy forecast, beautiful skies greeted us at the start of our Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnic
Because the threat of rain persisted, it was prudent to choose a sheltered destination close to our starting location for our picnic. But conditions were nice enough to allow lengthening the ride to our destination by taking a circuitous route. Continue reading
[Update Tue 4:15 PM: The PPPP will start as scheduled, meeting at 5:15 PM today and riding at 5:30 PM.
Although there have been big and somewhat ominous looking clouds all afternoon, there has also been a fair amount of blue sky showing as well. The chance of rain is supposed to diminish into the evening.
Nothing is ever certain, but it looks like it should be a nice evening for our Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnic.
Our picnic destination will be a sheltered location. That way, we won’t need to deal with soggy ground, and if the rain does start up again, we will be able to stay dry during our picnic.
I look forward to sharing Bike Fun with all Poky Pedalers this afternoon.]
The Bike Fun keeps on coming as the monthly Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnic rolls around this Tuesday August 19. As usual, we’ll meet at 5:15 PM in Goerke Park near the entrance to the public swimming pool. From there, we’ll ride between 3 and 5 miles to a mystery park location that is different on each ride. As is the case for all Poky Pedals, the PPPP is free and all Poky Pedalers are welcome.
Poky Pedaling Potluck Picnics offer a delicious approach to Bike Fun
Poky Pedalers are asked to bring a picnic goodie to share. This can range from a simple bag of chips to an elaborate casserole dish. All contributions are equally appreciated. We’ll carry these on our bikes to our mystery park location where we’ll enjoy our potluck picnic. If you don’t have a suitable way to carry your contribution on your bike, we’ll find room on someone else’s bike. Our collection of Poky Pedalers are pretty good at figuring this sort of thing out. Continue reading