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.
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. Continue reading Survive the Heat
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
Found 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.
The City of Onalaska, Wi submitted an application for Bicycle Friendly Status in the last round of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), Bicycle Friendly Community program. We are sorry to report that they did not receive this recognition but did receive and honorable mention. We hope for the opportunity to work with the city on achieving this status in the future, as well as working on Complete Streets. If your community is interested in applying the DRBC would be happpy to help.
The LAB has also just released the latest annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. This year Wisconsin slip from the number 2 spot to number 3, main based on the efforts of Maine, who was in a close 3 place last year and moved to number 2 this year. Wisconsin had held the number 2 spot for the past three years. Minnesota maintain its numbe 4 ranking for the second year in row. For more information on the program and on the scoring of the individual states go the LAB program website here.