I not only like making New Years resolutions, I typically stick to them. Just ask my former friends if I kept my 2012 resolution to stop being so nice. Seriously though, my coworkers and I at the Bike Fed take our organizational resolutions pretty serioulsy. You can review our 2105 resolutions in this blog post and see that we did pretty well. We clearly didn’t have a safer year in cycling, but we can check most of the other items off as done!
Below I have last updated most of last year’s resolutions and added some new ones for this year. You will see as you read that I find it is difficult to separate where cycling is part of my personal life versus my professional life, so I hope you don’t mind if my 2016 New Years resolutions are a mix of both:
- This year we resolve to expand our equity efforts and have formed a Wisconsin Bike Fed Equity Council to make recommendations to staff on how to increase diversity in everything we do, including adding greater geographic diversity to our equity initiatives too in 2016. Last year we launched an official Bicycle Equity Program. We continued our core equity programs (Safe Routes to School, Smart Trips, Valid) added Ciclovia MKE, The Polish Moon Bike Ride – Polaco Luna Paseo, Southside Bicycle Day, expanded our mobile bike repair to both the Layton Boulevard West and Walnut Way neighborhoods and hired Mirtha Sosa as our south side community bicycle coordinators in Milwaukee. We added Michael Johnson to our Board of Directors. In the rest of the state, other Bike Fed managers and staff from our key programs sought greater community involvement for women, youth and people of color. This year we are also proud to be hiring Ammar Nsoroma to help with equity rides since he has already done such a fabulous job with the Milwaukee area Red, Bike & Green Rides. Finally we are bringing Ayesha McGowen (and hopefully Rahsaan Bahati) to the Ride Across Wisconsin and will contracting with Dream Bikes to help with ride support for RAW.
- We are also proud to have hired Wendy Hanisch to expand our ride offerings around the state. We have already added the fun, free Spring Classics Series and are working on a many other smaller member-led regular group rides that will leave from Bicycle Friendly Businesses around the state. Stay tuned for more on those rides, the Equity Council and Wendy in blog posts to come soon!
- 10,000 Facebook likes: We didn’t quite get there last year, but it is definitely within reach for 2016! We resolve to reach 10, 000 likes in 2016, so like us why don’t you?
- Update our Bike Fed website to include a better calendar of Bike Fed events, and a page to register bikes and track stolen bikes so shops can have a one-stop place to check when someone comes in to sell a suspicious used bike. Check and check on this one, but we resolve to add a better calendar of Bike Fed classes and the new free member-led group rides.
- Expand our mountain bike program to include monthly MTB advocacy calls with local groups around the state and set a statewide MTB advocacy agenda for 2015. We can check this off thanks to Matt Gissibl, our resident dirt tester, and help from many of the IMBA chapters around the state. For 2016 we resolve to add a full fledged MTB resource section to our website and continue to work with local trail groups to support their efforts to create purpose-built trails.
- Move our state bike summit to a new city. We held our summit in Appleton in 2015 and for 2016 we resolve to hold the Wisconsin Bike Summit in La Crosse.
- Complete the State Bikeway Network Study. This study will make general suggestions for an integrated network of connected bikeways, signs, and a map. It will also suggest a catalytic project such as the Route of the Badger or some other high-profile trail network we can set as a high priority. This project is under way and we resolve to work with the WDNR, the WisDOT and the consultant to finish the project and recommend a catalytic project as part of that study.
- Get the improperly designed speed bumps removed from Selig Drive by Miller Park: This is a very personal goal since one of my friends died last year after he crashed at one of these speed bumps. I understand the Stadium District installed them with the best intentions to stop excessive speeding and street racing, but the design is dangerously wrong for a road with a posted speed limit of 25mph.
- Start a 10,000 Mile Club: Before I started working for the Wisconsin Bike Fed, between commuting, errands, racing and recreational riding I rode my bike 10,000 to 15,000 miles a year. Since I started working as a professional bicycle advocate, I typically only ride about 5,000 a year because I spend too much time working behind a computer. For 2016 I resolve to ride 10,000+ miles again, and start a fun club for other Bike Fed members to hit similar goals. I considered starting a smaller challenge as part of the National Bike Challenge, but I want this to be just for Bike Fed members only, sort of like how the Harley Owners Group have mileage clubs of their own. I haven’t figured out all the details yet, but I am open to suggestions in the comments below. Maybe we allow members to submit any official form or records of their miles, like Strava, Garmin, Endomondo, National Bike Challenge, etc. Everyone gets some sort of recognition (sticker, patch, etc.) and is entered in a raffle to win some fun prizes.
The list above is mix of my personal and professional cycling goals for 2016, but they are not written in stone. If you have suggestions on what you would like to see the Wisconsin Bike Fed do this year, please comment below. I’d also like to hear our readers personal cycling resolutions, so share away and Happy New Year to all y’all!