Welcome to the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition’s online Community. Here you will find information about our organization, the role you can play in it and all kinds of information about bicycling events and activities in the Driftless Region and beyond. DRBC is a member based organization that works for a brighter cycling future in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin and Minnesota, so we depend on you to support us. So look around the site, interact on the community pages and then join us and help start making the future you want come true!
At DRBC we are about getting more people on bikes, more often by advocating for bicycling infrastructure and a dynamic bicycling culture.
- Bicyclist have the right to a safe cycling environment
- A strong cycling infrastructure promotes biking
- All types and styles of bicycling have value
- All users are part of the transportation system
- Bicycles have an equal right to use the road
- Bicycles and all other users have the responsibility to use the road/resources legally
- Employers benefit by supporting employees who bicycle commute to work
- Bicycling economically benefits communities
- Bicycling positively impacts the health of people
- We need to educate our youth and the public about safe use of bicycling and sharing the roadways
Read the Current version of the DRBC Bylaws: Bylaws Jan 2010 (PDF)
A Brief History of the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
It all started in the summer of 2008 when Ed West, Larry Kirch, Eric Wheeler and Paul Bouffleur put a call out to everyone interested in bicycle advocacy in the Driftless Region to attend a meeting at Myrick Park in La Crosse. The meeting was well attended, with individuals and representatives of a wide range of groups. The original idea was not to start a member based organization, but to bring together other organizations. While there was some movement forward, especially with people interested in putting on Bike To Work week activities, the idea of a coalition of groups never completely coalesced.
During the summer of 2009, Tim Keneipp was looking for a bicycling advocacy group in the area. After searching around for a while he was finally was put in touch with Larry and Ed. The three met over coffee and talked about what they would like to see in a nonprofit bicycle agency. They agreed that unlike the original ideal it should be member based and have a strong focus on advocacy.
The three then pulled together a group of 10 local cyclists who where passionate about building an effective organization. Starting in August the group that became know as the organizing committee began meeting weekly. The dedicate individuals would continue to meet almost weekly through January 2010.
The organizing committee created a mission and vision statements, and spent many meeting hammering out a set of bylaws. During this time the group also began taking action on issue that came to their attention. They present to the BPAC and sent out position statements to various levels of government. They definitely were not just sitting around.
In January of 2010 the organizing committee officially adopted a set of bylaws and then elected a Board of Directors to be the initial leaders of the DRBC. At the February meeting the first officers were elected and the DRBC was a real organization.
The work of the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition continues on. There seems to be an endless list of issues that affect bicyclists of all types throughout the Driftless Region and beyond. We invite you to join and help us build a legacy of effective bicycle advocacy and education in our region.