By Rob Williams
Bike to Work Week was celebrated the week of May 14 through 18 with Mayor Buol making a Bike Month proclamation. Despite several postings on social media, bus banners and flyers, only ten people registered via our online survey. The Bike Coop had one person take advantage of their “free bike” during BTWW and a public maintenance clinic hosted by the Coop and TMBR at DubuqueFest was also poorly attended, though several people took advantage of the bike valet setup at DubuqueFest. After discussion with several others heavily involved in the local bicycling community, many thought that with the late winter, Dubuquers just weren’t ready to think about biking yet.
Nevertheless, planning on BTWW 2019 has already started with plans to make better use of online and local media. We will strive to have door prizes available from local businesses for those who post “selfies” with their bikes at their places of employment. Other ideas include sharing commuting trips and posting on social media with the hashtag #dubuquebikes. Additional discussion and ideas on how to improve Dubuque’s “bikeability” always welcome!