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  • Tour de BCycle

    by Morgan Ramaker | Nov 03,2017
    Reported by Lee Sensenbrenner

    On a vacation day as summer ended, Luke Witkowski, Nancy Michaud and Tana Feiner met at their office in downtown Madison to complete the Tour de BCycle -- stopping at all 44 BCycle stations in the course of a day.Tour de BCycle
     
    Both Luke and Nancy ride BCycle bikes daily as a way to commute to work -- Luke drives partway from Middleton and rides downtown from the west side, while Nancy drives partway from Lake Mills and usually starts her ride from Olbrich Gardens. Tara is a coworker who loves fitness challenges and was recruited to join the ride as the plans were taking shape.
     
    “Taking this on as a challenge is one of the best ways to see the city,” Luke says. “I was amazed how this tour gets you to all these parts of the city you might otherwise never reach.”
     
    They had heard about Tour de BCycle in other cities, then set about planning their own. The route covered about 45 miles, starting downtown and meandering east and west before ending at the Sheraton. They never exceeded the 30-minute trip limit to reach the next station.
     
    “The BCycle bikes make it really easy to get around Madison -- it’s a bike friendly city, and I was amazed how quick it was to get from station to station,” Nancy says. 
     
    Both Nancy and Luke own touring bikes -- and Nancy also rides road and mountain bikes. But BCycle bikes offered a different challenge. Plus, as they put on the BCycle mileage, they see their names climb the top rider charts.
     
    “When I first started riding, I saw my name at eight or nine hundredth, then a few weeks later it rose way up -- and then it got to the point that if it was drizzling at lunch, I’d go out for a ride to see if I could gain a spot,” Nancy says. “Riding BCycle bikes has become a competitive thing for me, and I am not competitive at all.” 
     
    Nancy got into cycling after a double hip replacement at a young age. It was an activity that allowed her to regain strength. 
     
    Luke is an avid BCycle commuter who is always vying for the top rider award and who has become friends with his competitors -- people, he says, he never otherwise would have met. 
     
    “I like not having to worry about my own personal bike. I don’t have to pay for maintenance. I don’t have to worry about locking or storing it. It’s incredibly convenient and it’s the best deal around,” Luke says. His friends and family have bought him memberships through 2019, which is nice because planning for next year’s tour is already underway.

  • BHind the Scenes at BCycle - Chase

    by User Not Found | Aug 18,2017
    Meet Chase, UW-Madison graduate student and BCycle technician!

    Tell us a little about yourself!BHind the Scenes - Chase
    I am a newcomer to Madison! I recently moved here from San Diego and am currently a graduate student at UW-Madison for Environmental Conservation.

    What do you like about working at Madison BCycle?
    The people I work with are really nice and amazing! I also like fixing BCycle bikes so Madison can keep on riding!

    What is your favorite activity to do in Madison?
    When I have free time from bike fixing and studying, I like to play at the open mic at Tip Top Tavern.

    What is your favorite BCycle memory?
    When we had our first company lunch at Ian's Pizza. That place is great! Macaroni and cheese pizza forever!
  • Bhind the Scenes at BCycle - Mitch

    by User Not Found | Aug 04,2017

    Meet one of our BCycle technicians, Mitch!

    Tell us a little about yourself!BHind the Scenes - Mitch
    I have been working at Madison BCycle for the past 2 years while going to school. I am a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will be attending Marquette Law School this fall.

    What do you like about working at Madison BCycle?
    My favorite part of working at Madison BCycle is getting to be outside, especially during Madison summers, and connecting with the Madison community. 

    What is your favorite activity to do in Madison?
    I love to bike around the lakes and enjoy a nice summer evening on the terrace.

    What is your favorite BCycle memory?
    My favorite memories are when I return peoples' belongings to them that get left in our baskets. Specifically, I remember returning a customer their cell phone and getting a little tip for my troubles!

  • BHind the Scenes at BCycle - Kevin

    by Kristina Haideman | Aug 04,2017

    Meet Kevin, a recent graduate from the Wisconsin School of Business and summer BCycle business intern!

    Tell us a little about yourself!BHind the Scenes - Kevin

    I’m a Twin Cities native and recent graduate from UW-Madison with a BBA in Accounting. I’ll be headed back to school in the fall as part of the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at the Wisconsin School of Business in preparation to sit for the CPA exam. When I’m not saving the world from misstatements in financial reporting, I enjoy attending concerts and sporting events, jamming on plastic instruments hooked up to my PlayStation, and playing darts/billiards at the local watering hole.

    What do you like about working at Madison BCycle?
    The team we have here provides a fun atmosphere, and in running a small-staffed operation, every day brings a new opportunity to do something different whether it’s event promotion, social media campaigning, or business development and analysis.

    What is your favorite activity to do in Madison?
    Nothing beats a Badger football game day. There is a certain charm in waking up to tailgate earlier than I can typically roll out of bed for class during the school week.

    What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
    I’m a big fan of Asian Kitchen off State Street. The place is the gold standard for serving a college appetite on a college budget!

    What is your favorite BCycle memory?
    I assisted in installing the docks, kiosk, and solar panel for our new station on Library Mall, which was certainly a “fish out of water” experience for this accountant. Tax returns? Easy. Power tools? Not so much.

  • #WhyIBCycle - Jack

    by User Not Found | Aug 01,2017
    Meet Jack, a rising junior and SOAR program assistant at UW-Madison!

    Tell us a little about yourself!WhyIBCycle - Jack
    I'm going to be a junior at UW-Madison, and I am studying Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences. This summer I am working with the Center for the First Year Experience as an Orientation Assistant for the SOAR program.

    When do you use BCycle?
    I mostly use BCycle on work days for the SOAR program. It's a good, quick way to get from the SOAR center at Union South to home or the student advising hub at College Library. BCycle comes in handy if we need to transport supplies or just travel from one place to another in a timely matter.

    Why do you recommend bike sharing?
    I recommend bike sharing because Madison is such a bike friendly city! There are plenty of BCycle stations located throughout Madison, and it makes travel throughout the city fun and efficient. Additionally, for out-of-state students BCycle allows access to bikes without having to worry about bringing a bike or moving it around when the school year ends.

    Do you have a favorite BCycle memory?
    My favorite BCycle memory was my first ever BCycle ride. I had always been curious how the system worked, and I was excited when I had an opportunity to give it a shot. The computer geek in me was also impressed with the BCycle app (Editor's note: We think our mobile app is pretty slick as well!). I got on the app, planned my route, and had a fun ride around the city.

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