As a new year is upon us, many make resolutions to change what they feel needs to be. The DRBC is ever changing and adapting to the needs of its members and riders in our region. We have been discussing modernizing the website with emphasis on mobile devices. Please keep checking back as we rebuild.
Thank you for your support and have a great year.
President, Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
Filed under: Commuting, DRBC, Events, Lifestyle, Outreach
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition Supporters,
The DRBC would like to start by thanking you for your past support. Everyone who rides knows getting more people on bikes more often makes better riding. With your help, we intend to continue that mission.
A couple of ways you can help us is what you have done in the past, giving time helping at events and monetary support. The other is free of both. Follow us via the website, email or Facebook. We need to know you are there! Please send us your name or like us on Facebook so we can add you to our roster of cyclists who want a better bicycling environment here in the Coulee Region.
Here is what DRBC has been doing for the bicycling community this last year from October 2012 to October 2013:
Light up the Night event at UWL Eagle Rec Center, Oct 18
Supported the 2nd Annual Bike Winter, (in conjunction with Wisconsin Bike Fed) various events between Feb 10 – Feb 23
Supported a Winter Riding Tips Workshop/Fashion Show at Earl’s Grocery and Saloon, Feb 17
Offered bike tips/education at Earth Fair at Myrick Park, Sunday April 21
Supported Fitness Festival, Saturday May 4
Assisted at Hamilton/SOTA Bike Rodeo, May 9
Organized Bike to Work Week Saturday May 12 – Friday May 18
Supported Summer Leisure Rides from the Wine Guyz
Organized Bike Valet at River Fest
Celebrated the City of La Crosse construction of a bump-out for the Bike Corral on 4th Street
La Crosse Public Library Bicycle Rodeo – Main Branch – Aug 2
Family Ride trail ride and camping at Perrot State Park – Aug 17
Bike Safety Rally – Franciscan Healthcare-Mayo Clinic Health System – Aug 31
Supported Bike Fest – Labor Day Weekend
Continue to expand DRBC Business Partners Program – businesses that offer great
discounts to DRBC Members!
Presently we are working on artistic style bike racks for the arts district in La Crosse, expanding bicycle recycle programs and creating events year round to help you ride, even in the winter.
The coming years in the bicycle community are looking pretty exciting. All around the US and the world people are looking back at the humble bicycle as a viable form of transporting themselves and cargo. Cities are seeing how the infrastructure for bicycles is a fraction of what it costs to accommodate an automobile and how cyclists tend to support more local business. People are starting to realize that their car is taking a very large chunk of their income. I personally like having an extra $9100 (AAA national average cost of ownership) in my pocket every year. Just having an extra $200 a month from not buying gas is pretty nice.
Riding bicycles helps save you money, makes you healthy, connects you with your community and put a smile on your face. We believe in ‘More People on Bikes More Often’.
Please help us continue our mission.
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 423
La Crosse, WI 54602
Filed under: Advocacy, Commuting, DRBC, Education, Events, How To, Lifestyle, Outreach
Bike to Work Week is May 8 through the 16th in the La Crosse area this year.
It is your excuse to try bicycle commuting.
We have lots of fun (and free!) things to do this week to encourage everyone to give it a try. If you can only manage National Bike to Work Day on Friday, awesome, but you will miss some neat stuff we planned for you this year!
The quick list of events in the Driftless Region:
Thurs-La Crosse-Hamilton School Bike Rodeo-5-6:30PM
Friday-Repair Cafe’ will be at Cameron Park during the Farmers Market for quick (free labor) bike tune-ups.
Sat thru Fri- Bike to Coffee (FREE COFFEE!)
Sat-La Crosse-Vintage Ride-Wine Guyz-4PPM Bring your old single, 3, 10 or 12 speed bikes for ride.
Sat & Sun-Bike to Worship
Sun-La Crosse- Mother of all Bike Rides-Riverside Park, International Gardens-9AM Round trip ride to Onalaska for a light breakfast.
Mon- Two Group rides: Onalaska-Blue Heron Bike Shop-6PM and at La Crescent-Old Hickory Park-6:30PM
Tue-Onalaska-Breakfast at ‘The Y’ 6:30-8AM
Tue-South Side Library-Bike Decorating and Parade-4PM
Wed-La Crosse-Breakfast at ‘The Y’ 6:30-8AM
Wed-‘Free Wheelin’ Wednsday’ at the Pearl Street Brewery (FREE BEER!)-4 til 8PM
Thurs-Tour de Java morning ride (meet at Moka)-6AM
Thurs-Ride with Cops Family Ride-Cameron Park-6PM
Thurs-La Crosse- ‘The Y’-(18+) Go By Bike Class-6:30PM
Fri-Cameron Park-Closing Ceremony-5-7PM Music provided by ‘Grand Picnic’
Sat-Westby-Syttende Mai Tour-8AM
Sat-Onalaska-‘The Y’ Family Bike Class, ages 9+ with parent-10AM
Sat-La Crescent-Apple Blossom Bike Tour
Saturday, May 31-La Crosse-‘The Y’ Family Bike class, ages 9+ with parent-10AM
There are several pdf’s to print out so you don’t miss a thing!
Send questions to:
Why park the car at home?
I get asked, “Why would I want to ride my bike to work? I have a car?” I query back, “Would you like to have more money in your pocket?” “Would you like to feel happier when you arrive at your destination?” “How about getting the great parking spots near the door?” Bike to Work Week is there to help you have an excuse to try it out.
-The average cost of a car in the US is almost $10,000 a year! Think of having an extra $190 ‘every week’ in your pocket! Simple, use another method of transporting yourself. Riding a bike is fast and efficient transportation.
-Even a short 1 or 2 mile ride does wonders for your health. Gets your blood moving and fresh air in your lungs. When you arrive and park the bike (near the door!), your body has the energy rolling and ready to use.
-Bike racks are usually closest to the doors just about everywhere. I park my bike in the garage at work, even the boss doesn’t get to park his private car in the garage.
-When you get the question on why you rode your bike, just say, “It’s Bike to Work Week” . Then when you decide to keep riding, let them know you found riding to work better that week and decided to keep doing it.
You have the perfect excuse to try riding to work.
You have a reason to do it ($$).
You have someone who will help you (us at DRBC).
Join us. Ride to work during this years Bike to Work Week.
Looking forward to seeing you at the events,
President, Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
I would like to add extra special thanks to the DRBC BTWW Committee, everyone really did a great job! Thank you.
Filed under: Commuting, DRBC, Events, Gear, How To, Lifestyle
I live in Wisconsin. The weather changes. Duh. Nothing new, it’s everyday. We get melting heat in the hundreds with humidity that you can almost swim through. We get rain and storms that cause flooding (that you literally swim through) and we get cold. This year we seem to be getting plenty of that. Subzero temps have been the norm for weeks now. I seem to be one of a small group that has decided to simply deal with it. This group, by the way, is growing. We don extra layers, mittens, facemasks and goggles. The snow for skiing and snowshoeing is really good, the fat tire bike group has over a dozen riders each week, I see fellow bicycle commuters everyday. The city is doing their normal job on the streets and they are passable. I ride daily and haven’t had to deal with ‘too much snow to ride through’ yet. Outdoors in Wisconsin, in Winter, is still good, add a layer.
I was looking through my calendar and realized how much I do outside in the winter. I have been going out more lately as the temps dropped. Every night for almost a week I was getting home around Midnight. That’s not normal, guess there’s just too much fun stuff to do. Rode to PSB on Wednesday for a free pint, strapped the skis to the bike Thursday for ski night at the golf course, great music downtown Friday and Saturday night, Sunday, skied at the golf course early, then rode to a friends for the Superbowl, snowshoed for a couple hours with them before the game.
I find the key to everyday outdoors is stay warm and have some lighting. The skiers use strap on head lights to light the trail at night. Bikes of course have bike lights and reflective stuff. When the moon is out, snowshoeing by moon light is amazing.
The cold is just cold, use what works. The darkness is defeated by simple cheap lighting. Friendship in the cold grows, the experience together is more intense. Enjoying a hot toddy or coffee afterwards just sounds good. Chatting about ‘the crazy headwind’ or how ‘noisy the snow is at this temperature’ becomes normal conversation.
Don’t be afraid of the cold dark Winter, warm it with activity, friendship and fun. Before you know it, we’ll be swimming through the humidity of Summer…