Bicycling in Madison really comes into its own once the weather warms up. Sure, there are hardy souls who bike year-round, but most of us put the bikes away during the cold months, and then it takes some time to get our biking legs back. After that, it's nothing but sheer joy.
That's why Madison's Bike to Work Week is a little later than usual, because it's been rescheduled for warmer weather than the national event, which was held a few weeks ago.
In the past, the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (BFW) coordinated the statewide bike week with the national biking day, the third Friday in May as chosen by the League of American Bicyclists.Check the Cap Times story at the link for events scheduled during the week, including free coffee, bakery and bike repairs along the bike paths. Have an overwhelming urge to pedal to work with Mayor Dave?
That can be a bit chilly in our northern climes, so BFW put off the bike week until June 6. (Madison had a high of 62 on May 15, the third Friday of May this year.)
"Simply, the warmer June weather is going to draw out more people and encourage more first-time bike commuters," said Bike to Work Week project manager Shea Schachmeyer. "Numerous communities throughout the country have initiated this trend as well, moving Bike to Work Week to best accommodate the peak time of year to bike."
Biking commuters can join with Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, to "roll to work" with his honor. Bicyclist should meet at Hillington Green at Norwood Place to ride with Cieslewicz to downtown.Recently I found a paper on the web about why walking and cycling are so much more widespread -- and safer -- in Europe than the U.S. It's interesting to ponder as Bike to Work Week approaches, a good time to think about how to make somewhat bike-friendly Madison even more bike friendly. Click here for Html or download pdf here.