Spot’s Parking Lot

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Guest post by B.C. Brown, La Crosse resident and author of “Spot’s Parking Lot”

I have great admiration for the determined and courageous individuals who make their commutes and other trips by bike in all types of weather (like Mike) and on all types of roads (where legal, at least).

I’m afraid, though, that I fall into more of the fair-weather, sometimes brave, but sometimes cautious-cat category. Some potential trips just make me go “nah.”

They’re usually to sprawled areas, and besides the multilane roads and high speeds at which people are driving, part of what makes them unfriendly and dangerous-feeling to the unmotorized is the overly generous amount of space dedicated to parking. Those seas of asphalt that must be crossed. It’s always nice when establishments offer bicycle parking near the door, but sometimes getting to that door is, well, rather daunting.

If we want places that feel walkable and bikeable to larger numbers of us, we need to reconsider this development pattern.

“Spot’s Parking Lot” is my recently published children’s picture book wherein a terrier does the considering. Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking writes: “Spot’s Parking Lot will not only entertain children but also subtly educate them about cities, economics, and the environment.”

More info and related bits of writing (more for adults) are available at http://www.espressopress.com. The book (softcover, $8.99) is available for purchase locally at the Myrick Hixon EcoPark gift shop.

B.C. (Bridget) Brown, b.c.brown@earthlink.net
(Not to be confused with B.C. Brown the multigenre novelist in Indiana, or Brigit Brown, Wisconsin State Trails Coordinator…)

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Why, as a motorist, I want more people to ride bikes.

March 19, 2014 by · 8 Comments
Filed under: Advocacy, Commuting, Education, Issues, Lifestyle, Outreach 

If someone is on a bike, they are not in a car adding to the traffic around me.

Bikes don’t use parking lots, more parking stalls available for me to park my car.

Less demand for gas allows prices to come down.

Bikes don’t cause as much wear and tear on the roads making them last longer.

Bike lanes and paths are good, they take the bikes off the main traffic lanes and out of my way.

Bike paths cost a fraction per mile compared to roads. Expanding more road lanes causes construction delays. More bike paths equals shorter construction season hassles and lower taxes because less of my tax money is spent on expanding roads.

Bikers pay more taxes (general fund) per mile for the roads they ride on (a large chunk of the general fund is used to build roads. Motorist taxes don’t cover the whole cost of road infrastructure, thus the general fund makes up the difference) Subsidizes the smaller amount per mile I pay for my car.

Bike riders are healthier, lowering my insurance premiums.

Bike riders use more local shops and stores giving me more eating, entertainment and shopping choices.

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VolunteerMatch.org

DRBC is now listed on VolunteerMatch.org. This will give us more visibility to those searching for volunteer opportunities related to bicycling. Also, some companies have a “Dollars for Doers” program that gives employees the ability to have grant money donated to their favorite non-profit organization.

[VolunteerMatch - Where Volunteering Begins.]

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Bike to Work Week 2011 Wrap Up

It was another great Bike to Work Week in the Driftless Region this year. Community support and participation was up and it seemed that there were a lot more people out on their bikes than ever. With an expanded schedule this year, we worked managed tohold events in three communities and look forward to reaching out to even more next year! Read all about the great events that went on last week and find out who won the coveted Golden Helmet awards this year. Read More…

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Found Online April 2011

April 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, DRBC, Education, Events, Issues, Lifestyle, Outreach 

Found onlineFound Online is a collection of links to interesting articles and items we come across online. Most of these are also posted to our Facebook page throughout the month (be sure to like our page) as we find them and are put here about once a month.

Aveiro Lifecycle 

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Lifecycle – Aveiro bicicleta é vida um filme de miguel gonçalves mendes there is neither wrong nor right neither good nor evil there’s only what you choose to do life is about choice you choose the road and the destination but only in the end will you know where you are and how you got there a Read more
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