Bike to Work Week 2014

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-Holmen-Bike Rodeo-4:30PM

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 more details on the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition BTWW webpage:
Full event list

There are several pdf’s to print out so you don’t miss a thing!

Send questions to:
info@driftlessbicycle.org

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,

Michael Baker
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.

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Everyday Outdoors

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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…

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Google calendar

January 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: DRBC, Events 

Added a Google calendar so you can add it to your Google calendar list.

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2012 Join The Cause Party Recap

May 1, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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Despite the cool weather and rain in the forecast, The 3rd Annual Join The Cause Party at The Pearl St. Brewery was a success, with new and old members affirming their support for the DRBC and its mission to get more people to ride their bikes more often. The mission itself sounds simple, but it takes moderate financial resources, many volunteer hours, and community support to make cycling in the Driftless Region even better. Thank you to all who volunteered to cook and bring food, or staffed the Welcome/Sign-Up table. Sometimes volunteering is a thankless job, but without you, this event would have been a more difficult and tasteless affair.

Thanks also to our business partners who provide benefits for our DRBC members, but a special thanks to Blue Heron Bicycle Works and Smith’s Bicycles for providing the Join The Cause door prizes. What’s better than a pint of beer?

How about a pint of bicycle goodies?

Which pint would you choose?

 

Smiths Bikes Door Prize

 

 

The Cool Ukes Band

 

No one went home hungry

Now on to our next major event which requires your participation, whether or not you are a DRBC member…2012 Bike To Work Week.

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2011 Annual Meeting Update

September 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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See the Annual Meeting page for details on nominees and bylaw amendments.

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