Interactive: If You Bike, You Should Vote

You may not realize this, but there’s an election right around the corner. No, not in November, but in less than two weeks.

Primary elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and many state legislative seats will be held on Tuesday, August 12th.

There are several hotly contested races for State Senate and Assembly on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. In many of these cases the primary will be the only real election as the nominee will face no candidate from the other party or the district will be so heavily weighted toward one party that the other party’s nomine will have little hope of success.

So, primaries are important. To give you the best information on our issues that we can we’ve sent a survey to all candidates who are involved in a primary. Check it out below – search for your candidate by name or by district. For the fall we’ll have a more sophisticated searchable database under “VoteBike.org.”

Keep in mind that our tax status does not allow us to endorse candidates, but we can provide information on where they stand on our issues.

Here’s the questions from the survey we sent out last week. Candidates responded with a 1-5 rating and optional comment. All comments and candidate website submissions are presented unedited and as-is. We also asked each candidate for their favorite bicycling experience in Wisconsin.

  1. The Bike Fed has established a goal of “Two Wheels, Two Feet, Two Percent.” Our goal is to get 2% of the state transportation budget to be allocated to non-motorized transportation modes. Currently about 0.2% of the budget is allocated to bicycle and pedestrian projects, yet biking and walking make up 4.2% of all trips in our state. How likely are you to work with us in achieving this goal in no more than two budget cycles?
  2. The Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and the Bike Fed have partnered to hire a consultant to create a state bikeways plan and proposed network. Plans should be done within a year. How likely are you to work with the Bike Fed, the tourism industry and other partners to build out the network within five years?
  3. The Vulernable Users law (2013 SB-307) would increase penalties for drivers who through carelessness injure or kill cyclists, pedestrians, police officers working in the line of duty, farmers driving farm vehicles and other vulnerable road users. The new penalties passed committees in both houses last session but were stripped out of the final bill. Would you support the vulnerable users bill when it is reintroduced next session?

Check out the responses below – filter by district or race type, or search by candidate name or district number. (Click here to find your district).


About Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

8 thoughts on “Interactive: If You Bike, You Should Vote

  1. To give you the best information on our issues that we can we’ve sent a survey to all candidates who are involved in a primary. Check it out below – search for your candidate by name or by district. For the fall we’ll have a more sophisticated searchable database under “VoteBike.org.”

    Now that comes off like a witch hunt, looking for any smidgen of anti-bicycle. Stop bullying people into biking!

    • Brian, I fail to see how a bicycle advocacy group asking candidates their positions on cycling issues and sharing that information with our members comes off as a which hunt. It sounds like the definition of a healthy democracy to me.

      • Well, dave. I remember other times where some places stood up to bicyclists, and the bike fed and its followers bullied them. I believe it was dodge county.

        I also see you censored part of my post. Whats that about a healthy democracy you’re trying to school me on? You seem stuck in a bubble and only see things from a bicycling perspective, refuse anyone elses that doesn’t mesh with yours.

        • Brian, Dodge County? I am unaware of any bullying. I am aware of some public meetings earlier this year in Iowa County about requirements to permit group rides using the roads. At those public meetings, the public showed up, many whom were people who ride bicycles. Those people registered to speak, waited until they were called and then politely expressed their opinion. Again, that is democracy in action.

          As for trimming your comment, yes, I reserve the right to remove inappropriate comments and those that are unrelated to the topic, as the rest of your comment was. Feel free to put those thought under the appropriate blog post and I will leave them there. Be aware though that this forum is for helpful and informative dialogue, not a place for people to spread vitriol. People who come here for that modern day sport, will be censored.

  2. Not to nitpick too much (particularly after the primary is over), but It is a little hard to take a survey seriously when they list the wrong candidate for Governor. Mary Burke is the candidate – not Robert Burke.

    I appreciate that the Fed made these inquiries. But a fundamental error on something like the name (and gender) of a major party candidate for Governor tends to cast doubt on the entire survey.

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