Electronic copies are availabe here. Paper copies are available at:
- City Hall - City Planning Dept.
- All bike shops
- 3 Rivers Outdoors
- Downtown Mainstreet, Inc.
- Chamber of Commerce
- UW-L Rec Center
- Convention Bureau at Riverside Park
Filed under: Action Alerts, Advocacy, Bike Lanes, Bike Paths, Commuting
The La Crosse County Health Department will be conducting an annual bike count Sept 20th 6:00am-6:00pm (2 hours time slots) at various locations.
If you would like to volunteer;
1. follow one of the links below
2. Insert your name and cell phone number in the time slot you would like to count.
http://www.doodle.com/d4v7cibkvbhxwqag – Corner of Nakomis and Clinton St. French Island
http://www.doodle.com/tzc8d9svsgm5eynq – 3rd and Main St. Onalaska
http://www.doodle.com/smakq695adsp4gee – 7th and Farnam St. La Crosse
http://www.doodle.com/bchrth4i3yecavge – 7th and Main St. La Crosse
Filed under: Action Alerts, Advocacy, Bike Lanes, Commuting
Results from last night: The Green Complete Streets ordinance passed. We had a lot of people show up in support. There are a couple more hurdles left, but we should know by next week if it’s fully adopted. This is a very important step for La Crosse, because now Complete Streets becomes law. All new construction or reconstruction will be affected by this.
Help the City of La Crosse take the next step in becoming the best place in Wisconsin and the world to ride a bike. Complete Streets will be on the City Council’s agenda today on the first floor of City Hall. Take 10 minutes to affect how our roads are constructed for the next 100 years.
Bicycle Commuting in a heat wave.
Western Wisconsin has been suffering through a heat wave for the past few weeks. Despite the heat there are still lots of bicyclists out on the road commuting to work, shop or just heading out for a cool drink with friends. Just like winter, the hot humid summers here can pose challenges for some bicyclists. Here are a couple of thoughts about bicycle commuting in a heat wave.
- Timing: Try leaving for work a bit earlier when it is more likely to be cooler.
- Slow Down: If you follow tip one, you should have plenty of time to ride a bit slower, that way you will sweat less. Plus you will get to enjoy the scenery more.
- Axe the Packs: Backpacks and messenger bags can look cool, but they can leave you with a sweaty back. Try equipping your bike with a rack and panniers. If you have a rack but not panniers, use a couple of bungee cords to hold your pack/bag securely to the rack.
- What to Wear: Light weight natural fiber clothing will keep you cooler, but will show wrinkles a bit more. A hat or helmet with a brim will keep the sun off you face and having a bandana handy will let you mop any sweat off your brow. I also like wearing my sandals and rolling up my pant legs when the thermostat goes up. Short pants or skirts are also a way to keep cool, just watch out for sunburn. Read more
By Ross Seymour
Wisconsin has a short statute on how people are to use bike/ped paths. Those rules are found at Sec. 346.803 of the Wisconsin statutes. The rules apply to “Bicycle Ways.” Bicycle ways are defined as any path or sidewalk designated for the use of bicycles by the relevant governmental body. (Sec. 340.01(5s)) Bicycle ways are distinguished from bicycle lanes. Lanes are for the exclusive use of bicycles while ways are not exclusively for bicycles (presumably to include pedestrians).
First, the bicyclist must exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing another bicyclist or a pedestrian. Due care would mean giving a wide enough berth while passing or taking care to pass on a section where it would be safe. While most bicycle ways around here have good sight lines there are a few places where you can’t see far ahead enough to pass safely. On a regular road these sections would have “no passing” signs or markings.
The audible signal requirement actually comes out of the Rule of the Road for motor vehicles. A little known requirement is that when passing another automobile, the passing car is required to give an audible signal while passing (presumable a toot of the horn). (Sec. 346.07(3)) An “audible signal” is left undefined by the statutes. Read more