by Dianne Koch
By the fall of 2020, a new pedestrian bike trail will encircle the Bee Branch Detention Basin. The project is slated for construction this fall or next spring. A current trail exists on 16th Street behind the Kwik Stop, Fazoli’s, and Dairy Queen. A new looped segment will run south alongside Kerper Boulevard, travel west on E. 12th Street, skirt behind the solar farm and connect to the Sycamore Street Bridge and back to 16th Street. Another spur from the southwest corner will run south to the Intermodal Transportation Center and the Millwork District. We welcome more walking and biking options that allow that allow citizens to enjoy the wildlife of the Bee Branch Basin.
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!
Now that we are in the early days of summer, let’s recap the events of Bike Month 2018 – also known as May. To kick off local events, two bicycle rodeos were held the week of Bike to School Day. On Tuesday, May 8th, the Dubuque Bike Coop hosted the Bee Branch Bike Rodeo at the Audubon Elementary playground with assistance with the Dubuque Police Department. We had six youngsters bring their bikes by for safety checks, and front and rear lights were installed. Turnout was less than desirable, mainly due to the elementary school track meet being that same evening.
Bike to School Day was also celebrated at Bryant Elementary on Thursday, May 10th and was a huge success. Normally there would be anywhere from 3-5 bikes parked at the rack behind school. On that particular Thursday, however, over 60 bikes took over the Bryant playground! The Bike Coop was on hand to perform safety checks and install front/rear lights, and the Dubuque Police Department taught the ‘rules of the road’ to ensure summer safety.