After the RAW ride last weekend, the head of the Wisconsin Bike Federation, Dave Cieslewicz, wanted to have the message shown below sent out in our weekly epistle:
"On behalf of everyone at the Wisconsin Bike Fed, a big THANK YOU to the Spinners for your help once again in making the third annual Ride Across Wisconsin a huge success. You delivered over 55 volunteers to greet our 700 riders and help them navigate their way through Beloit. And the Beloit rest stop is amazing. In the middle of a long ride it provides a huge boost to the riders. Beloit is a beautiful community and the Spinners gave all the riders and volunteers who passed through a great impression of your great community. Thank you! We look forward to next year."
Here is a link to an article about the RAW Ride that appeared in the BDN after the ride:
Last Tuesday there were over 25 cyclists who meandered NE of Beloit on a very comfortable afternoon/ evening with light wind. The riders were pretty strung out, with several cyclists stopping to help out with a flat and the rest enjoying a very good ride back to Beloit on Creek Road with some excellent "pace line formations" on display.
Weather looks pretty good for this coming Tuesday so "come on down" to the parking lot behind the Beloit Bicycle Company and "hop on board" one of the pace lines.
Here is a message that was sent by the Wis Bike Fed which affords an opportunity to weigh in on what various recreational needs are in various regions of Wisconsin. Please read the message carefully and take some time to complete the survey even though you might not live in that region.
Bring better biking to state lands
Do you want more opportunities to bike on state lands? More linear trails? More single track? How about improved trail surfaces, better signage or more related facilities?
Now’s the time to let your voice be heard.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking input from all user groups about what they would like to see in the future. And, frankly, the motorized recreation users are out pacing us in their response rate.
DNR has broken up the state into eight regions for its massive Recreation Opportunities Analysis (ROA). There is an oversight committee, on which the Bike Fed has a seat. But the input really happens on the ground with users themselves.
The department used the North Woods region as its test case. Through three public meetings and online survey results the leading demand was for, “more trails for motorized recreation.” That garnered 883 responses. “More natural surface bicycling trails,” came in third with 509 responses and, “more paved bicycling trails,” finished fifth with 422.
So, taken together, the demand for more cycling trails either for paved trail or mountain biking came in as the top response.But it’s important to note that the process started because motorized sports interests got the legislature to require the DNR to inventory all of the roads through its properties with a view toward opening many of them to motorized activities.
That’s why it’s so crucial that we make sure that as the department moves to the other seven regions our voices are heard even more clearly than they were in the North Woods.
The DNR is making this easy. There are online surveys you can take for the Upper Lake Michigan Coastal Region, which includes Marinette, Oconto, Manitowoc, Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties), and for the Great Northwest Region (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Polk, Barron and Rusk counties).
Great Northwest Region Survey
Upper Lake Michigan Region Survey
You don’t need to be a resident of one of these counties to participate. If you have a favorite place you like to go in either region or if you just want to express your support for more cycling opportunities in a place you haven’t been yet, please jump in.
The Bike Fed doesn’t oppose motorized sports. But we want to make sure that these activities don’t take over trails now used for biking and walking, that the uses are compatible when they’re in close proximity and that resources are fairly distributed among different kinds of trails.
The Tyranena Ride is another good one to check out...