As part of Newaukee’s Young Professional Week 2013, MKEBKE and the newly formed Milwaukee Bike Fed chapter are hosting a lunch session, “Moving Bicycling Forward In Milwaukee”, on Monday, April 15th.
The event runs from 11:30am – 1pm at the Northpoint Lighthouse, located at 2650 N. Wahl Avenue.
We invite you to come meet and hear from Milwaukee’s leading bicycle organizations, and about their involvements and ideas to move bicycling forward in this city. Get involved and find out how you can make Milwaukee an even better place to live and bike.
There will be a short meet and greet as everyone settles in, where you can enjoy a complimentary lunch from Maxie’s.
We’ll start with an introduction to the event from Steve Roche with MKEBKE, then hear from a number of groups and individuals; Wisconsin Bike Fed, Midwest BikeShare, Wheel & Sprocket, Vulture Space (Milwaukee Community Bicycle Project), The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective, Coast Inn Bikes, Cream City Rickshaw, Kristin Bennett (Milwaukee’s new Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator), and more.
By bringing everyone together in the same room, we hope to create stronger relationships and communications between all our organizations, collectively working towards a common goal to make Milwaukee an even safer, more enjoyable place to ride a bicycle.
We want to hear from you, and will open the floor to discussion from everyone on ideas or strategies to improve bicycling in Milwaukee. Building off of what we discuss as a group, we’ll present a number of subjects – Infrastructure, Advocacy / Outreach, Event Planning, Education, etc – and have everyone break into smaller groups/workshops where they feel their interests best lay.
One project we’d like to see come into full bloom in 2013 is bringing BikeShare to Milwaukee. Midwest BikeShare will present on the progress of bringing BikeShare to Milwaukee. “What do they have left to accomplish, and how do we make this a reality?” We ask everyone to share any ideas, connections, or resources they may have to help make this project one step closer to a reality.
Our communications and efforts shouldn’t end at this event. I hope that anyone participating can find an opportunity to get involved – something as easy as a new volunteering opportunity(s), to planning a fun event that help get people excited to go out and ride their bike.
Milwaukee Bike Fed would also like to invite you to their second public meeting, where you can continue to share your ideas and get involved to move bicycling forward in Milwaukee. The date and venue are to-be-determined, but we’ll reach out to you via email with an invite.
Wheel & Sprocket will also be raffling off a free bicycle. Everyone who attends is eligible to win.
This event is part of YP Week’s “Sustainability In A Modern City” day. For more information on events happening all week long (April 14th – 21st) as part of YP Week 2013, visit ypweek.com.