Iowa County Ordinance Up For Vote Tonight

A proposed ordinance governing organized bike rides through Iowa County is before that county’s board of supervisors for a vote this evening. The board meets at 7 PM at The Health & Human Services Center Community Room, 303 West Chapel Street, in Dodgeville.

The ordinance has been improved somewhat since it was introduced last fall and 100 bike advocates and others showed up at a county board hearing to voice their opposition to it.

However, the ordinance still needs work. The insurance requirement is onerous and the application fee of $250 is also a problem. Iowa County bike advocates and small businesses who benefit from biking will be there tonight along with the Bike Fed to ask the board to refer the ordinance back to the Economic Development Committee for further work.

We’ll report on the outcome after the vote.


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About Dave Cieslewicz, Director Emeritus

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.

One thought on “Iowa County Ordinance Up For Vote Tonight

  1. Dave and the Bike Fed team – thanks for all you do to support cycling in our state. On a cold February evening, you traveled to Appleton to join the Fox Cities Cycling Association and others as we spoke in favor of a pilot program to trial the first bike corral in this area. The words were persuasive and the Appleton Common Council voted in favor of the bike corral. We went into fundraising mode and this week reached our goal and ordered the corral. We are looking forward to the official opening ceremony on May 13! Thanks Bike Fed for helping our dreams come true!

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