Making Wisconsin a Better Place to Bike!
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (BFW) is a statewide, nonprofit,
bicycle advocacy organization with more than 2,500 members. Working to
make Wisconsin a better place is what it is all about. Here are some of
the things the Bike Fed is involved in:
Lawmakers and policymakers play a significant role in determining the
quality of bicycling in the state. In 1995 BFW was the driving force behind
a significant update of the state's bicycle laws. This law more clearly
defined a bicyclist's rights and responsibilities as a vehicle, and made
other changes, which have improved the safety and enjoyment of bicycling.
BFW regularly participates in bdswiss review public hearings and on committees to represent
the needs of bicyclists. BFW was represented on the Wisconsin Bicycle
Transportation Plan Committee and the State Highway Plan Committee. BFW
currently participates on the state's Enhancements Committee. This committee
reviews bike projects that are not part of a highway improvement. These
projects include bike parking, paths, and bridges.
BFW will be an educational resource for legislators for the reauthorization
process for the federal transportation spending bill. Since 1992 great
progress has been made towards funding bicycle related programs and facilities
at the federal level and BFW plans to help ensure that even greater improvements
occur with the next round of federal legislation. Publications
BFW regularly prints a newsletter titled the Wisconsin Bicyclist that
lists current activities of the organization and events around the state.
BFW publishes an annual Wisconsin Bicycling Events Booklet listing more
than 400 bicycling events throughout Wisconsin from April through October.
(Event booklets are available free from bike stores or from BFW for a
cost of $5.)
The Wisconsin State Bicycle Map is an eight-paneled map designed in
conjunction with the Department of Transportation (DOT) specifically for
bicyclists. It rates county and state highways for bicycle suitability
and also shows bicycle trails, mountain bike facilities and bike stores.
Maps are available at bike stores or by calling Wheel and Sprocket at
(800) 362-4537. Retail businesses can call American Bike Trails at (800)
Education plays a key role in improving conditions for bicycling. Bicyclists,
motorists, planners, and engineers, just to name a few, all need current
and accurate information about bicycling. Since 1998 BFW has worked with
DOT to promote bicycle education courses with nationally certified instructors.
Courses are available for children, adults, families, bicycle commuters,
BFW also promotes police officer training on bicycling issues. Police
officers are the only ones who can enforce laws, both for bicyclists and
for motorists. BFW's campaign provides police officers with the information
that they need to do this job.
BFW is currently providing bicycle education to adults, middle school
children, and motorists through an agreement with Dane County. BFW also
provides Safe Routes to School programs which encourage children to bicycle
to school and provide them with the information and training that they
need to do so safely. A Safe Routes to Schools pilot project was made
possible by the Trek Bicycle Corporation.
Bike to Work Week celebrations take place in Madison and Milwaukee. The
purpose of these events is to encourage people to bicycle to work. BFW
provides support to other communities interested in organizing bike to
work activities. BFW has also worked more closely with businesses in Madison
and Milwaukee to actively promote bicycling as a healthy way to get to
work. In addition, BFW provide employees with information on biking to
Bikes on Buses
The cities of La Crosse and Madison both have bike racks on buses. BFW
is helping Madison Metro publicize the bike racks. In addition, BFW is
currently working with Milwaukee County Transit to begin a demonstration
project. BFW is a member-supported organization.
Contact the BFW at:
106 E. Doty St. Suite 400
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 251-4456 or firstname.lastname@example.org