Employee of the Month   by mark on Mar 13, 2014

Our buddy Chad of Planet Bike distributor J & B Importers has recently garnered the honor of Employee of the Month down in Miami. J & B heavily encourages commuting by bike and pays their employees $4 a day if they do. Last year Chad commuted 216 days by bike. Ironically, that was enough to cover his car insurance for the year.

Alliance Announces 2014 Advocacy Award Winners   by mark on Mar 04, 2014

Since 2009, the Alliance has solicited public nominations for the Advocacy Awards, which recognize the exceptional efforts of individuals, organizations, and business leaders in advancing active transportation in North America. This year, the Advocacy Awards were presented by Bicycling Magazine. Check out all the winners over here. Congrats to all award winners!

Spring Thaw   by mark on Feb 19, 2014

I've been taking advantage of the mid-February thaw Madison has experienced the last two days. The sun on my face and melting snow spraying below my fenders holds a special place in my heart. A reminder that warmer days are not too far off. This one might just be a false alarm though. Freezing rain, snow and below zero temperatures are in the forecast for the next several days. So long Spring, I'll see you in a month.

Winter Bike to Work Day   by mark on Feb 05, 2014

Bike commuters in Madison are a different breed. I’ve spent many winter mornings pedaling to work in below zero temperatures. Thanks to the efforts of Madison Bike Winter to support our local bike commuters, both fair-weather and diehard.

This morning Heath and I set up camp along the SW bike path near UW-Madison’s Camp Randall. We were joined by Clare and Griff of Madison B-Cycle. Together we formed a sanctuary smelling of sweet Cherrywood smoked Nueske's bacon (generously provided by Nueske's) and EVP coffee (generously provided by EVP). Though the temperatures hovered in the low teens, we greeted 40+ smiling bicycle commuters!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by or gave a friendly hello. Thank you to Nueske's, EVP coffee, Madison B-Cycle, Bike Fed of WI, and Madison Bike Winter for supporting cycling! Be sure to check out our full photo gallery on Facebook.

Winter Ride   by mark on Feb 03, 2014

Check out this great video that Transportation Alternatives just released!

I'm a bike geek, what's your excuse?   by mark on Jan 31, 2014

The other day I had a very interesting question posed to me in regards to bike frame material, "What kind of guy are you?"

Some are died-in-the-wool steel aficionados. "Steel is real" typically their motto. Titanium? What's not to love. Simple and generally understated in looks with a wonderful ride quality. Some prefer a light weight and generally cost favorable (compared to ti or carbon) aluminum frame. Finally, the latest player in the game, carbon. Light, strong, beautiful.

I was stumped on this question. How do I choose just one? I'm generally a decision-maker but I really, honestly cannot pick just one. My last frame purchase was a steel mountain bike. The one before that an aluminum fat bike. Before that a titanium cross bike. If I had the money I'd buy a carbon fat bike right now!

You see, I'm a bike geek and I can't pick just one. Each bike in my stable serves a purpose and I like to have options. In the past several years I've raced carbon, aluminum, steel (both Ox Platinum and KVA stainless) on both the mountain bike and cyclocross circuits. I've loved each and every one of those bikes. So you see, I can't pick just one. You see, I'm a bike geek.

Progress in Wisconsin!   by mark on Jan 22, 2014

From the Wisconsin Bike Fed: The state Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously this morning to recommend our vulnerable users bill (SB-307) for passage. All three Republicans and two Democrats voted for the bill. The bill now moves on for scheduling for a vote before the full Senate.

In order to get the bill through committee the Bike Fed did accept an amendment which delays the bill’s effective date until after passage of the next biennial budget – about 18 months from now. This was necessary because several senators would not have voted for the bill if it was opposed by the Department of Transportation. The DOT threatened to oppose the bill if its cost to the department (about $75,000 for adjustments to their computer software systems) was not covered. By delaying the effective date it gives the DOT time to find the funds in the next budget cycle.

An identical Assembly Bill has already had its public hearing in the Assembly Transportation Committee. That bill may be voted on soon in that committee. If all goes well, we can expect the bill to pass both houses before the legislature adjourns in March.

Thanks to all of you who contacted members of the Senate Committee to voice your support. Please follow up now with a thank you for their positive vote. Please also thank Sen. Luther Olsen, the bill’s primary author. --- Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director

Employee Bike Profile - Kristin's Big Dummy   by mark on Jan 21, 2014

This edition of Planet Bike Employee Bike Profile features Kristin's do-it-all long tail cargo kid-hauler! Surly is known in the bike world for no nonsense steel bikes; bikes build with a purpose that will stand the test of time.

Kristin's Big Dummy is a mostly stock build. She added the new-ish heavy duty Dummy bags and the rear mounted child carrier. So far, the reviews are great on the weight distribution without suffering from the lag of hauling a trailer. We hope you enjoy looking at this one as much as Kristin loves riding it!


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