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  • Top Rider Tuesday | Bob Paolino

    by Christina Otten | Aug 11,2015

    Happy Top Rider Tuesday, folks! On this beautiful Tuesday, allow me to introduce to you Bob Paolino, our Madison BCycle #8 Top Rider.


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    Some Bob Paolino Fast Facts:
    Name: Bob Paolino

    Favorite BCycle station and why
    Willy & Few. Why? Because with only seven docks, it is the smallest B Station in the system and is also among the most isolated from its B Station friends. Editor’s Note: While Bob loves this ‘hidden gem,’ of a B Station, he would also love to see another one spring up close by for even greater access. We hear you, Bob, and we’re working on it!
    Favorite feature of Madison BCycle: Convenience for making short trips around the city--for commuting, for lunch, for errands at local businesses, for entertainment, for recreation, for fun!

    Favorite ice cream flavor:
    C'mon, asking me for my favourite ice cream flavour is as bad as having people ask me "What's your favourite beer?" as though there could be only one. Just as the whole idea of craft beer is the variety rather than the boredom of the same thing all the time, one should also embrace variety in ice cream. That said, a couple scoops of frozen custard (usually, but not necessarily or exclusively vanilla) in a glass of stout or porter is yummy.

    Favorite restaurant in Madison:
    There you go again, asking me to choose one at the exclusion of other worthy choices.

    Favorite thing to do during Summer:
    Play hockey, taste craft beer, and (of course) drive BCycles.

    Brat, dog, or burger?
    Burger... with a good beer of course.


    Do you own your own bicycle? If so, why do you choose to ride BCycle as well?
    Yes, a road bike and a "hybrid" commuter bike. Easy (usually) to pick up and return when I am away from home and want to make a quick trip from Point-A to Point-B that I would otherwise make on foot or by car. No locks to carry, no separate lights to attach, none of all those extra gears as on my own bikes to confuse me. ;-).


    Thanks for letting us introduce you, Bob! And thanks for all of your craft beer insight-- every Wisconsinite must stay informed on these important topics! 

    Happy riding! And as always, #ridethered!

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  • Events in Madison | August 6-9, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Aug 06,2015

      Man oh man, has it been a beautiful week! Let's hope that the beauty continues into the weekend. Need something to do...for free?...that you can BCycle to? Feel free to check out the events below. Discover Madison the best way possible...by riding the red!


    Thursday | August 6, 2015 IMG_9993
    Bluegrass Series - Sortin' the Mail
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Enjoy this weekly tradition of bluegrass and Americana on the Terrace.”

    WUD Music Presents: IshDARR & Webster X w/ Noname Gypsy 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “IshDARR and Webster X are both up and coming rappers outside of Milwaukee. Noname Gypsy is a female lyricist from the southside of Chicago.”


    Friday | August 7, 2015
    Lunch Time Yoga 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 12pm – 12:45pm
    Location: One N. Picnkney , Madison, WI 53703
    Nearest BCycle Stations: E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St.); Wisconsin & E. Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue).
    “Led by Cindy Weber, owner of Cinergy Fitness, this bi-weekly class offers a unique opportunity for your dreams and yoga practice to merge – a combination designed to help you achieve a renewed attitude of mindfulness and gratitude. No worries if you are a yoga newbie – we’ll teach you the basics and provide a yoga mat for you!

    Behind the Beat Cork N Bottle 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “The Cork n'Bottle String Band is a six-member bluegrass band from Madison, Wisconsin. The band formed in 1996, taking their name from a local liquor store on East Johnson St.”

    Dane Dances
    Time: 5:30 - 9:30pm
    Location: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: W. Wilson & MLK (22 West Wilson Street), E. Wilson & MLK (38 East Wilson Street)
    “Monona Terrace is thrilled to again serve as the home of Dane Dances! This summer music series is of Madison’s most popular summertime events! Great dancing, eclectic food and the opportunity to connect with other people from diverse backgrounds draws anaverage of 3,000 people to the rooftop every Friday evening in August. These special concerts were created to help break down racial barriers and bring people of all backgrounds together for a night of free entertainment and dancing.”


    WUD Music Presents: Pat McCurdy 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Pat McCurdy is a musician who hails from Milwaukee and is finding a small but growing cult following across the country. He writes all his own songs, in a variety of styles. One person has said that it is "good drinking music." It's really kind of hard to pin down; if you have a good description, let me know. His main appeal is to the college crowd, but it is not unusual to see others not fitting this stereotype enjoying his music.”


    Saturday | August 8, 2015
    Dane County Farmers Market 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6am - 2pm
    Location: Capitol Square
    Nearest BCycle stations: S. Hamilton & W. Main (103 South Carroll Street), Wisconsin & East Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue), E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St), W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    “Visit the "The Largest Producer-Only Farmers' Market in the U.S.”!”

    Hilldale Farmers Market 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am - 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)
    Located at the rear of our shopping center where Segoe Road meets Heather Crest, you'll find a wonderful selection of local food purveyors with a delightful array of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, plants, flowers and more.”

    WUD Music Presents: Ha Ha Tonka w/ The Sharrows
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)“Ha Ha Tonka are an indie/southern rock band originally formed in West Plains, Missouri and currently signed to Bloodshot Records out of Chicago, Illinois. The band is named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton, Missouri”.


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  • Top Rider Tuesday | B.J. Lee

    by Christina Otten | Aug 04,2015


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    Happy Tuesday, folks! In the midst of a busy Trek World week,
    it is important to remember the little things....
    like our wonderful BCycle top riders!!
    This week we present our #1 Top Rider,
    thats right Numero Uno;
    the one, the only, B.J. Lee.

    B.J. currently has 505 rides,
    which is 195 more than our friend Ron Singer's 310 rides.
    So B.J has quite the lead,
    at least for now!


    Some B.J. Lee Fast Facts:
    Name: B.J. Lee

    Hometown
    : Shelbyville, Kentucky

    Occupation
    : Cook

    Favorite BCycle station and why
    : Monroe & Knickerbocker, because it is the only B Station named after a founding father president and one of the first NBA franchises.

    Favorite feature of Madison BCycle
    : The basket and the 2nd gear.  

    Favorite ice cream flavor
    : Rum Raisin

    Favorite restaurant in Madison
    : Taco Palace (aka Tex Tubb's.)

    Favorite things to do during Summer
    : Watching the British Open, MTV Music Video Awards, and the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest on the 4th of July.

    Brat, dog, or burger?
    Unfortunately, I can't eat any of these but am happy to cook them for the public!

    Favorite quotes:

    - "The way I see it, there are two worlds. One that is and one that should be.  And with some hard work and a little bit of luck, sometimes those two worlds touch. This is one of those moments." - Tom Cavanagh in the series finale of "Ed". (2004)
    - "Ninjas? Why'd they have to be Ninjas?!" - Gus from "Recess: School's Out" (2001)‬‬
    - "Super Mega Ukuele!!!!!" - Kevin from "Minions" (2015)

    Do you own your own bicycle? If so, why do you choose to ride BCycle as well? Yes.  Every year my bike and I get into disputed contract negotiations revolving around 1 year deals. His agent and I usually take around 8 months to come to a mutual agreement.  Luckily, these negotiations occur usually between the months of April and November so it's perfect timing to ride a B-Cycle.‬‬

    Thanks for letting us introduce you, B.J.! You are too funny and we have thoroughly enjoyed learning a little about you. 
    Want to catch up to B.J.!? Better start riding! Make sure to check out our Station Map and keep up with us on social media (FacebookInstagram, & Twitter)! 
    Thanks for riding, everyone! Enjoy this beautiful weather. And as always, #ridethered.
     

  • Events In Madison | July 30 - August 2, 2015

    by Christina Otten | Jul 30,2015

    IMG_9725Another beautiful weekend in Madison is rolling in! Check out the awesome & FREE events below to determine where you will be BCycling to this weekend!


    THURSDAY | July 30, 2015
    Bluegrass Series - Sparetime Bluegrass
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Enjoy this weekly tradition of bluegrass and Americana on the Terrace.”

    WUD Music Presents: Hembree with Audio Bakery
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “The Americana and folk inspired band, Hembree, hails from Kansas City, MO.”


    FRIDAY | July 31, 2015
    Behind the Beat - Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 5pm – 7pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Alison Margaret is a gifted jazz singer, arranger, composer, and pianist. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance. Alison now lives in Madison, WI, where she leads the Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet, featuring the brilliance of vibraphonist Geoff Brady, pianist Dave Stoler, bassist John Christensen, saxophonist Eric Koppa and drummer Michael Brenneis.”

    Friday Live Music & Fish Fry on the Plaza
     with Merl Halverson 
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6pm - 9pm
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Friday Fish Fry on The Plaza, need we say more! Join us on The Plaza every Friday and enjoy great fried fish, fabulous views, and live music. In the event of rain, music will take place in The Boathouse.”

    WUD Music Presents: Natty Nation
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub -- this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation.”
    SATURDAY | August 1, 2015
    Dane County Farmer's Market
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 6am - 2pm
    Location: Capitol Square
    Nearest BCycle stations: S. Hamilton & W. Main (103 South Carroll Street), Wisconsin & East Mifflin (117 Wisconsin Avenue), E. Doty & S. Pinckney (242 South Pinckney St), W. Mifflin @ Central Library (126 W. Mifflin Street)
    “Visit the "The Largest Producer-Only Farmers' Market in the U.S.!”

    Hilldale Farmer’s Market
     
    Cost: FREE
    Time: 7am - 1pm
    Location: Hilldale Shopping Center
    Nearest BCycle Station: Hilldale North (726 N. Midvale Blvd.)

    Sampatti Yoga hosted by Patti Coen
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9am
    Location: The Edgewater (1001 Wisconsin Place)
    Nearest BCycle station: W. Gilman @ Peace Park (229 W. Gilman St)
    “Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. Participants will receive complimentary fitness passes to The Edgewater Spa & Wellness Center. Leading with your internal compass, Patti invites you to join her to open and expand and to uncover and discover your uniqueness.”
    Call ahead to reserve your space! (608) 535 - 8240

    WUD Music Presents: Pho Funk with Woo Park
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 9pm
    Location: Memorial Union Terrace
    Nearest BCycle Station: Memorial Union (699 N. Park St.)
    “Funk is a way of life, and PHO is bringing this nation back under the groove. Delivering a hypnotic array of the funkiest sounds to come out of the Midwest since the 80s, their debut album Cash It slams with an artistry in groove. This 8 piece powerhouse, Influenced by funk legends like Prince, Johnny Guitar Watson, and the Ohio Players, brings us all to the deepest musical truths. PHO comes together to push boundaries and stylistic limits by exploring funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz sensibilities.”

    SUNDAY | August 2, 2015
    Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen
    Cost: FREE
    Time: Begins at 12:30pm
    Location: The Chazen Museum - 750 University Ave. 
    Nearest BCycle Station: N. Lake St. @ University Ave. (381 N. Lake St.)
    "Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen is a monthly music concert performed in the museum's Brittingham Gallery III on the first Sunday of every month. The gallery seats approximately 100 people; admission is free and first-come, first-served."

    Make sure to tag your posts/photos on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram: #ridethered!

    IMG_9901Pictured above: Super happy & full BCyclers during the most recent BCycle Brunch Tour this past Saturday with Madison Eats!
  • Top Rider Tuesday | Ron Singer

    by Christina Otten | Jul 28,2015

    Happy Top Rider Tuesday! 

    Remember seeing the photo of the current #2 Top Rider Ron and his adorable puppy Riley using B-Connected in Austin, Texas last week? We thought it would be nice if the Madison BCycle Top Riders had a little introduction to the rest of the BCycle community, much like the summer interns introduced ourselves. And today, we introduce to you Ron Singer.
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    Not only was Ron the Top Rider in 2012, but he was also the first rider to complete Le Tour de B-cycle for the 2013 season! He has been an avid BCycler from the very beginning-- he first joined in May of 2011, came in second for the Top Rider challenge, and was so amped to be the Top Rider that he went on to win the following year! 

    Ron is retired with two children, two step children, and a bunch of super cute grandchildren...and best not forget his BCycle riding companion, Riley! He is a lover of biking, swimming, and being active in general. You have probably seen him BCycling around Madison most days, or volunteering with BCycle at several events over the summer! 
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    Some Ron Singer fast facts:
    Name:  Ron Singer
    Hometown: New York
    Occupation: Retired
    Favorite BCycle station and whyJenifer & Willy St., because it is steps from his home.
    Favorite feature of Madison BCycle: Being able to make one-way trips without concern about getting your bike back home. (For example, being able to BCycle to work on a beautiful morning and take the bus home if it beings to rain that afternoon = huge perk!)
    Favorite ice cream flavor: Orange Custard and Chocolate Chip. Yum!
    Brat, dog, or burger?  Veggie anything.
    Favorite quote: "...Nothing to fear but fear itself" - FDR
    Do you own your own bicycle? If so, why do you choose to ride BCycle as well? Ron actually owns three of his own bicycles, but he only rides them if using BCycle is not an option.

    We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Ron! Keep your eyes peeled for more Top Rider Tuesday fun in the coming weeks!

    Happy riding, BCyclers! And as aways, #ridethered.


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