Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors that are elected from the membership. Board meetings are open to the public and members are encouraged to attend. You will the board and committee meetings posted on the DRBC calendar.
Current Board of Directors:
Michael Baker – President: I have lived in La Crosse for over a dozen years and always walked or biked to work. Sold the second car many years ago. Cycling to me is a logical way to get around. It is also a love of mine. Having a full stable of bikes which take up the extra room in the garage left by the second car, I enjoy any cycling I can cycle to. I usually ride somewhere everyday and have been enjoying immersing myself in the growing bicycling culture in the La Crosse area. My goal is to spread the love and logic of riding a bike to my community. I don’t think automobiles are evil, mostly great dividers of community and a waste of resources. You don’t have to love the bicycle, just know it is a great thing.
Dan Novak – Vice President (Onalaska): I have been riding and working on bicycles since I was a child. I started commuting by bike in college and have been doing so ever since. The first organized tour I did was the Coulee Classique in 1985 and have been enjoying doing them since. I have volunteered in bike events and organizations since the late 80’s. I am currently a director of the La Crosse Area Labor Day Bicycle Festival/bikelacrosse.com in addition to serving on the board of the DRBC. One of my main goals is help the different groups who want to support bicycling work together in a friendly and efficient manor.
Carrie Melin – Secretary (La Crosse): My dad taught me how to ride a bike when I was a child and I haven’t stopped biking yet! I enjoy riding my bike to work, on errands, on the trails, over the hills and of course to local ice cream parlors. I am thrilled to be a part of the DRBC board to work to get more people on bikes, more often.
Brian McCarty – Treasurer (La Crescent): I’m primarily a recreational rider, participating in the various day rides in the area (June Dairy Days Minds in Motion, Catfish Days, etc.) One of my favorite rides is to go up Apple Blossom Drive to Great River Bluffs State Park, grab a snack and go for a short hike, and then bike back. I also commute to work in downtown La Crosse (though not every day) as well as errands in town (Library, bank, Post Office, etc.) I’m set up for loaded touring, bit I haven’t done a lot of it – just a few overnights. I’d really like to do a 3 or 4 day loaded tour sometime. For the past few years I’ve done some supported multi-day tours, my favorite being Tour da U.P., which does a different loop thorough Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2 days of biking, a day off, and 2 days of biking.I’m glad to be Minnesota’s representative on the DRBC – emphasizing we want to encourage biking in the entire area – not just La Crosse
Michael Barreyro – Board Member (La Crosse):
My priorities in life are 1) family and friends, 2) career, and 3) Freemasonry. Bicycling naturally fits in with these priorities because with family and friends, cycling enables my family to run errands and grocery, go to school and lessons, and socialize with friends on various social rides and events. Bicycling enables my career because my commute to work energizes me for the day, and also allows me to network with other professionals(both inside and outside of work) who share a common interest in bicycling. Bicycling also helps support Brotherly Love, one of the tenants of Freemasonry, by making it easier for me to interact with others that I would not be able to do in a car. It’s a wonderful feeling, on a bicycle ride, to be able to smile and greet strangers and have them return it.
I am an active member of the DRBC because I want bicycling to become a natural activity of people’s lives, no matter their priorities…everyday is “a nice day for a bicycle ride.”
Scott Hoffman – Board Member (La Crosse): I am a founding member of DRBC and have served on the board as the Secretary and Vice President. My bicycling interests are long distance touring, road riding, and commuting. I’ve been an active cyclist for 40+ years and have been a La Crosse resident for 30+ years.
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. Continue reading DRBC Legal Notes: Rules of the Path
As some of you may know, by day I am a librarian, really I am. This means, in a very stereotypical way, I love reading as much as I love riding my bikes. When I can sit down in the evening after a nice long ride and read a book about bicycling pretty much all is right with my world. With that in mind I thought I would share a few of the titles I have read recently or my favorites, just in case you need something to read yourself.
The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance
By David Herihy, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. It is full of the romance of the bicycle that was at its height during the Victorian period. Frank Lenz sets out on a journey to bike around the world, this book recounts what is known of his journey and the search, although belated, to find him after he disappears in the Middle East.
Winding Rivers Library System Catalog
I am a new member to DRBC as well as the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. As a life-long bicyclist, I grew up in Glendale, Wisconsin in a family where it wasn’t unusual to travel to Kenosha on Tuesday nights for the bicycle races or to spend a Saturday riding the Ozaukee 64 with a group of cycling enthusiasts. My favorite bicycle tale is the summer when I was eleven; My parents took our family of seven on Amtrak with our bicycles to La Crosse, and we spent a week riding back home to Milwaukee. Bicycling has always been a favorite recreational activity for me.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Bike Summit in Madison. When I read that the Governor’s budget zeroed out $5 million dollars from the Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Fund, I knew the most important thing I could do to help the cause was to attend the Summit. As a summit participant, I agreed to speak to a legislator. Continue reading My Bike Summit Experience
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