Happy New Year! If you’re reading this, you’ve survived one of the stranger years in our lifetime. While we don’t know what to expect this year, let’s hope for a little plateau in the craziness, so we can nurse our 2016 hangover. That being said, in our neck of the woods, we had a pretty great year for bike and pedestrian advocacy.
- Renaming of the Traffic Commission to Traffic, Bike, and Pedestrian Commission
- Bike lanes will be added to the North Webster reconstruction
- Safe Routes To School was awarded to Green Bay Public Schools
- The local Critical Mass rides have grown considerably (170+)
- Green Bay received an Honorable Mention by the League Of American Cyclists as a bicycle friendly community
- GBBC has become an affiliate of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation.
- The Fox River Trail will now be maintained in winter!
AND there are several other items in the planning stages that will help make 2017 better for our community.
So what’s next for the GBBC? Well, we will soon have a non-profit status and will be able to start fundraising for our Earn A Bike program. Earn A Bike will allow youths to obtain a bicycle after learning bike safety and maintenance. We couldn’t be more excited about this program, as it will both educate and encourage our community to share the road with others and be aware of their surroundings (Share & Be Aware).
We also have a new website in the making, so that will be up and running soon. We plan to have links that will allow you to become a member or renew your membership online!
Of course there will be rides, rides, rides! We definitely want to get a Fish Fry Ride in (or two), a few Market To Music rides, the ever popular Coffee Ride and Chocolate Rides, and as always, we will post any other local rides to keep you moving. As a matter of fact, here’s a new one for those of you who laugh at Old Man Winter. We’ve teamed up with Green Bay, Allouez, Brown County, and the Bike Fed for a winter social, Friday, January 13th, on the Fox River Trail.
Event details can be found here…https://www.facebook.com/events/900336176777713/
Registration can be found here…http://greenbaywi.gov/parks/frenzy
So stay tuned, we are energized and ready for this year. Let us know how biking is part of your life and come along for a ride. Cheers and Ride On!
It’s our 5th Anniversary and we want to celebrate with bikes! This event is by far our favorite. We set up a free bike show for spectators to vote on their favorite bike in each category. This year, the categories are…Original (stock), Restored, Custom, Motorized, and Modified Frame (new this year to accommodate those sweet tall bikes and stretch frames). Winners receive a trophy and prize. We also have bike vendors from all over the state selling bikes and parts for the hobbyists, projecteers, new enthusiasts. Music, food, and beverage are all available.
Have a bike you’d like to enter? Best time to enter your bike is 10am. Come to the GBBC tent to get your tag and any additional instructions. Voting will start around 10am and end just before 2pm. Awards are announced shortly after 2pm.
Have some bikes or parts you’d like to sell? Vendor registration can be found here…GBBC Bike Bash 2016 Registration
We also have an entire page and independent website dedicated to this event, so feel free to check them out! See you there!
If you’ve been following the blog, you may have noticed that we haven’t posted anything new in a while. There’s a reason for that and it’s political…
Since November of last year, we at the Collective have taken on advocacy as one of our many hats. This year we’ve managed to unify the cycling community for the cause of increasing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the Green Bay area. Bike advocacy takes time and effort, but who knew that the scales would tip so far in our direction! With the support of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation, Live 54218, We Bike Etc., Bay Shore Bike club, 99%ers Bike Club, and several citizen advocates, we’ve convinced the Village of Allouez and Green Bay to plow the Fox River Trail (De Pere isn’t on board yet, but we’re still working with them), we had the Green Bay Traffic Commission change their name to Traffic, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Commission, and our request for 5′ striped bike lanes on the Webster reconstruction has been approved!
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mayor Jim Schmitt, our City Council, and of course the Department of Public Works for working directly on our requests. We are still stunned at the progress our community is making, so what’s the secret? We bike, we engage our local officials respectfully, and stay reasonable and positive.
For more information about our work as of late, check out the following articles.
We will make a concerted effort to keep the blog updated and keep you informed of any opportunities to participate in any upcoming efforts. Thanks and Ride On!
Join the GBBC for a weekly ride from the Farmer’s Market on Broadway, to the City Band at St. James Park. We’ll meet behind Pete’s Garage (142 N. Broadway) at 6:30 and meander our way to St. James Park (801 S. Monroe) for the City Band at 7:30. Since the ride starts and ends at different locations, you could park at St. James Park, ride to the market and shop, and ride back together as a group. All ages and bike styles welcome. Weather permitting. https://www.facebook.com/events/587865344716419/
Ride dates: June 15, 22, 29, July 6,13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17
Don’t let chilly temperatures and SNOW stop you from riding! We Wisconsinites revel in our ability to navigate the winter weather and most of us already participate in non-biking winter activities. We also live in a very innovative time with great gear made from the latest materials. So there’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’, just bad clothing. Plus, fat bikes, tire studs, and even bike trainers keep us in bike mode. But what about plowed sidewalks and trails? Cities like Minneapolis have proven that if you maintain trails in winter, people will use them.
Are you interested in seeing trails in the Greater Green Bay area cleared in winter? The GBBC has been working with local officials and health advocacy groups to make the Fox River Trail accessible year-round. If you’d like to send a letter of support, here’s how…
Send an e-mail to the following Brown County representatives (you should be able to copy and paste)…
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Kriese_MM@co.brown.wi.us, Meghan@Live54218.org
Copy and paste the following statement and feel free to add any additional comment. Be sure to include some contact info so the county representatives know you are in fact real…
Dear Members of the Brown County Education and Recreation Committee,
As a resident of Brown County, it is my pleasure to write a letter of support in regards to winter maintenance of the Fox River Trail. Allowing users to access the trail in winter means not only increased healthy activity for our residents, but year-round access to local businesses, parks, and jobs via the most popular trail in the state. Winter maintenance of the Fox River Trail also keeps Brown County relevant to the increased demands for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations that are otherwise prevented by an inaccessible corridor connecting several communities in North East Wisconsin.
[Insert personal reason here]
In conclusion, I fully support winter maintenance of the Fox River Trail and look forward to the positive effect it will have on our community.
That’s it! Sending a quick email in favor of a project can have amazing, lasting effects. If you have additional questions about this project please contact Meghan at Meghan@Live54218.org or 920-593-3401
Thank you and we hope to see you out there!
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Update: The comment period to the DOT has closed. Contact info will be blocked to avoid unnecessary spam. Thank you.
There comes a time when you settle into a project or cause and you realize, WOW, there’s much more we can do…that time has come for The GBBC! Since we began almost five years ago, we’ve hosted and promoted dozens of rides, fundraisers, and benefits for the community. Our supporter base includes urban riders, mountain bikers, racers, recreational riders, health promoters, businesses, and local officials. So yes, we have become a collective of bicycle advocates, but we’re not done by a long shot …
The Green Bay community is progressing rapidly, but the infrastructure and facilities available to us are becoming antiquated. As the city takes on infrastructure updates, it’s imperative to let the powers that be know how important it is to the cycling and pedestrian community that we are included in these updates.
Here is a simple, painless way to help…
Highway 57, aka, Riverside Drive will be undergoing a major face lift (see summary below). Public comment is being taken until DECEMBER 4th. If you already know the details and want to send a comment to the WISDOT, here is the address…
Email ********** Project Manager at… ************
Include your name and where you live in the area (zip code), so the DOT knows you are a resident. Please be respectful and stay on topic.
Not sure what to say? Feel free to copy and paste the following statement…
We the residents of Greater Green Bay request the addition of bicycle lanes in the Wis 57 Improvement Project (ID 4085-38-00 and 4085-39-00). We feel a wide lane option does not address the safety concerns of pedestrians and cyclists and will result in increased vehicle speed. The addition of bicycle lanes will create a buffer between pedestrians and motorists, reducing the need for wider terraces and walkways.
Want to know the details? The project overview can be found here… http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/ne/wis57
Too much information? Here’s a quick summary…
There are currently two options to the Hwy 57/Riverside Dr. update. A wide, outside lane option, or a non-wide outside lane option. The speed limit for both options will remain the same.
- Wide outside lane. Riverside Dr. will remain a four lane road with the two center lanes staying 11 feet wide. The two outer lanes would be a wider 14 feet to accommodate cyclists, but there would not be a designated bike lane. Why this doesn’t work for cyclilsts…The WisDOT has confirmed that wider lanes increase motorists speed and result in more severe injury in the event of an incident. Also, in the case of pedestrians on the adjacent walkways, there is no buffer between them and motorists.
- Non-wide outside lane. Riverside Dr. will remain a four lane road with 11 foot wide lanes with a 12 foot center turn lane. No accommodations would be made for cyclists.
Why don’t cyclists just use the Fox River Trail? Simply put, The Fox River Trail is not a viable option in that it’s a recreational trail that is not maintained in the winter, is not available for use after dark, is not free to use, and cannot safely accommodate commuter cyclists.
We hope that with this information, we can work progressively and positively to build a safer, healthier Green Bay. Thank you and Ride On!