Vote Bike!

In case it snuck up on you (and with all the ads how could it have?) Tuesday is election day.

Most of the national media attention has been on which party will end up controlling the U.S. Senate. But there’s no U.S. Senate race this year in Wisconsin. And, in any event, what happens at the state level is a whole lot more important to cyclists anyway.

Voting and bicycling are as American as red, white and blue jeans.

And there are a lot of state races. In addition to the high profile race for governor between Scott Walker and Mary Burke, we’ll elect a new Attorney General. Seventeen of thirty-three seats in the State Senate are up for grabs as are all ninety nine seats in the State Assembly.

The fate of funding for bicycle projects and our vulnerable users law will lie in the hands of the governor and the legislature, so this is a very important election for cycling.

The Bike Fed has developed a handy way for you to contact your legislators and to learn more about them. Just click on over to All you have to do is enter your address and you’ll immediately discover who your state senator and representative are. Then, if they’re up for reelection and they’ve filled out our survey you can learn where they stand on our issues.

Bike to vote, vote to bike!

But in any event we’ve made it easy for you to send them a quick message. It can be as simple as, “Dear Senator, I just wanted to let you know that I’m voting today and that bicycling is an important issue to me. When the Wisconsin Bike Fed stops by your office next session I hope you’ll listen to them. They represent my biking interests.”

Of course, you can put it in your own words, but that’s the gist of the message. You vote and how they vote on biking issues is important to you. Simple as that. You may think it doesn’t matter. I used to work in a legislative office. When we got one genuine message on any issue we took notice. When we got two on the same issue we really perked up and when we got three it was a movement. So, it doesn’t take much to make a difference.

So if you haven’t already voted early, please vote on Tuesday. Then make sure your state legislators know that you care about biking.

I bike; I vote, and sometimes i do both at the same time.

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 “Vote Bike!

  1. All our family are bikers and walkers! Let’s keep spreading the environmental movement and our favorite transportation modes, next to the train and our hybrid cars.

    Keep up the great work! the Goslings, 1102 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton, WI

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