State Budget Still Unresolved

Here are the latest developments in the state budget stalemate. As predicted, transportation remains the biggest stumbling block to passage of a budget for the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. The budget is now five days over due, but unlike other states where the government shuts down without a budget, Wisconsin [...]


The Trouble With Numbers

Today I’m at a conference in Madison called, “Places for Bikes.” During the conference the industry-funded and led People For Bikes organization is rolling out a new program called the Bicycle Network Analysis (BNA). It’s a pretty cool way to give a more or less objective number to the bike-ability of a community. The BNA [...]


Accordions at the Crossroads

How did we get so lucky that we can find great Mexican-style Polka (Musica Norteña or Conjunto) in the historically Polish neighborhood where we hold our Polish Moon Ride? Is it something in the water there that you can’t live under the Polish Moon without Polka? Actually, we owe it to the eastern European immigrants [...]


Driver hits, kills 44-year-old riding his bike in Menomonee Falls

This year’s first fatal crash involving a person riding a bicycle occurred at 4:30 p.m., June 4 in Menomonee Falls when Patrick Heitman was struck by a 78-year-old driver attempting to make a left turn. At this point last year there were already six people killed riding bicycles on Wisconsin roadways. Heitman was traveling southeast [...]