Wisconsin Bike Fed

D Schlabowske

Wisconsin was one of the first states in the country to adopt Complete Streets, a program that factors bicyclists and pedestrians into road projects. Under Gov. Walker’s budget, it would be eliminated.

 The Wisconsin Bike Fed, or WBF, says the move would take the state in the wrong direction.

Evan Pack would do almost anything to inspire people to try bike riding. Even meet a reporter at 7:30 am to show off a recent coup.

J Binder

Last week cycling advocates gathered in Madison for the annual summit put together by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. Two people in significant roles are quite new to the scene.

Commuting to work by bike may not be a common practice, but it is definitely growing. Every year, advocates around the country serve up coffee by the barrelful and offer free tune-ups in hopes of widening the circle.  Monday is day one of Bike To Work Week in Milwaukee. We hear from local advocates, who practice what they preach.

I’m probably breaking every safety code in the bicycle book – microphone in hand and camera dangling around my neck - as I prepare to trail behind Jessica Binder and her son. They’re heading to school. Four-year-old Everett waits patiently. He’s properly helmeted aboard his scooter.

“ It’s called a skuut. And I can ride a pedal bike down my alley and all the way to school I can bike it,” Everett says.

Wednesday students from 1,500 schools coast to coast are making their way to class on foot or bicycle. Organizers hope National Bike to School Day draws attention to the need for safer routes for kids AND the importance of getting them more physical active

Maryland Avenue Montessori - on Milwaukee’s bustling east side - is one of the schools getting in the act this morning, as parents and students form walking and biking caravans. We meet up with one nine year old and her dad for whom getting to school on two wheels is already routine.