Now more than ever we need you to stand up for bicycling
2013 Bicycling Lobby Day
Tuesday, April 9
Monona Terrace, Madison
Online registration is closed, but you can register in person day-of!
Celebrate the Bike Fed’s 25th Birthday at Bicycling Lobby Day!
Next month marks 25 years since a visionary group of people convened the first ever gathering of the Wisconsin Bike Fed. Our successes and momentum over the years would not have been possible without these important leaders. Please attend our Bicycling Lobby Day on April 9 to continue the vital work of protecting bicyclists’ rights. At the end of the day we’ll host a Quarter Century Celebration of the Bike Fed during our evening reception. We hope former board members, former staff and all of you, our members, will join with us to celebrate where we have come from and where we are going.
As the state budget is being debated later this spring, 2013 is a critical year for securing vital bicycling funding and passing Vulnerable Users’ legislation. Join with hundreds of bicyclists from across Wisconsin to continue to push pedaling and celebrate 25 years of bicycle advocacy!
New this year, we are separating Lobby Day from our Wisconsin Bike Summit and creating two distinct events.
A separate Wisconsin Bike Summit allows a different Wisconsin community to host the event every year. In this way, we’ll be able to educate, unite, and mobilize more people around the state and at the same time, give different communities the opportunity to showcase what makes bicycling unique in their area. We are planning the 2013 Bike Summit for late summer. We will have more details on our Bike Summit webpage here in the coming weeks.
We hope these two new events will build on the successes of last four state bike summits in which nearly 400 bike enthusiasts from every corner of the state made the trip to our Capitol each year to learn about bicycle infrastructure and programming, share success stories, and meet with their elected officials to support cycling and ensure every ride we take in Wisconsin safe, enjoyable, and fun.
Tuesday, April 9
Monona Terrace Convention Center
8:30 – 10am – Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 11:30am – Lobby Day Training
11:30 – 12:45pm – Lunch
1:00 – 5:00pm – Lobby Day Sessions
1:00 – 5:00pm – Group rides leaving from Capitol on the hour
5:00 – 7:00pm – Quarter Century Celebration
$25 Registration Fee for full day
Includes the full day of events:
- Continental Breakfast
- Lobby Day training
- Lunch (deli sandwich, soup, and small side salad – coffee, tea or milk)
- Lobby day meetings
- Group rides
- Evening celebration (hors d’oeuvres & cash bar)
- Includes hors d’oevres & cash bar
Do you want to support Wisconsin bicycling, but feel uninformed about bicycling issues? Don’t let that stop you from attending 2013 Bicycling Lobby Day! Bike Fed is planning for a variety of simple lobby education opportunities that will make you feel more confident talking to your legislators without taking much time out of your day. We’ll offer brief webinar trainings prior to Lobby Day, plus an extensive in-person training the morning of the event. We’ll also email all attendees information about Lobby Day topics well in advance of the event.
Lobby Day meetings are actually quite simple, and with a little help from us, you’ll feel confident and prepared going into your meeting.
1. Secure funding to build bicycle-friendly communities:
Now more than ever we need YOU to stand up for Wisconsin Bicycling! The state legislature is currently considering how federal and state transportation money will be spent in our Wisconsin. It’s important that we send a loud and clear message on April 9 that we want a fair share of transportation dollars to support making Wisconsin communities bicycle-friendly. From Eau Claire to Wausau to Madison, there is exciting bicycle momentum growing. Please join with us to ensure that there is funding available to make bicycling even more safe, convenient and fun in every corner of Wisconsin.
The Ask: Wisconsin should use all federal funds allocated for bicycling and walking in the Transportation Alternatives program for bicycling and walking projects. We cannot afford to shift the tiny amount of money we have available for bike projects to highway projects.
2. Pass Vulnerable Users’ legislation:
Our work on Vulnerable Users’ the past two Lobby Day sessions has prepared us for a final push to pass this legislation during the 2013 budget discussion. We are ready for a win in 2013!
People drive motor vehicles carelessly and injure or kill vulnerable roadway users are often charged with minor offenses that impose minor penalties, if there is any penalty at all. In most cases, unless a motorist is intoxicated or flees the scene, civil or criminal penalties are rare. SB 431, Wisconsin’s Vulnerable user Law, is intended to help protect vulnerable roadway users by allowing prosecutors to seek appropriate punishment for those who cause death or serious injury through reckless or careless behavior.
SB 431 defines a class of “vulnerable highway users” as people on or near the roadway who are not protected inside a motor vehicle. This bill specifically defines people walking, bicycling, riding a motorcycle, driving farm implements, people in animal- drawn vehicles, emergency responders, and a few other groups as vulnerable users.
SB 431 defines penalties for traffic infractions that seriously injure or kill a vulnerable user. These penalties range from doubling the current fines associated with many traffic infractions, to significant fines or prison sentences for more flagrant violations. These penalties are appropriate given the tremendous responsibility that driving carries and the significant consequences that can result from a crash.
SB 431 is supported by members of both parties in the legislature and is strongly supported by the Bike Fed. The bill offers prosecutors and judges the option to impose significant penalties on drivers who through carelessness or recklessness have injured or killed bicyclists, pedestrians or other vulnerable roadway users.
The Ask: Support passage of Vulnerable User Legislation SB 431
Transportation to Bike Fed Lobby Day
Interested in carpooling to Madison? Contact Sarah Gaskell email@example.com to get included into a carpool from your community. If we have enough interest from a community, we’ll look into chartering a bus.
If you’re coming from out of town, we’ve got two hotel deals that you can take advantage of:
Hotel Ruby Marie, www.rubymarie.com:
-10 rooms blocked at Ruby Marie for night of April 8th. Cost per room is $102.
-Mention the Wisconsin Bike Fed Block when making reservations
-Cut off date to have rooms saved is 4/1/13, but they will honor the reduced rate to any guests of who make their reservation after this date when the blocks are released
Inn on the Park Hotel, www.innonthepark.net:
-10 rooms with 2 beds each, for one night (4/8 – 4/9) – $119 plus tax
-Guests must call hotel directly (608-285-8000) and identify themselves as part of the “WI Bike Fed Block” in order to be included in this deal
-Cut off date to have rooms saved is 3/31/13