Cranksgiving 2010 on Saturday, 11/6

Milwaukee will be hosting it’s third annual Cranksgiving alleycat race this November. Started in Milwaukee by Steve Kasprzyk with Megabolt, a group that raises money for benefits and other local charities, this alleycat race helps raise hundreds of non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry.

Steve recently relocated to Portland this summer, and good friend Josh Weis will be organizing this year’s event. Feel free to be in touch with him at with any questions, volunteer help, or sponsorship inquiries.

Last year had nearly 70 riders, donating well over 1000 pounds of food. Hopefully a lot of you can make it out and participate helping out those in need in this fun, charitable race. Milwaukee Bicycle Community cares, positive change through positive action.

Below is a quote from that briefly explains the roots of Cranksgiving 10+ years ago in NYC, and does a great job summing up what this alleycat is all about.

“Cranksgiving started as one of several annual bike messenger ‘alleycat’ races in New York City. Each year it is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as a way for messengers and other urban cyclists to socialize, compete, and enjoy themselves while also raising food for local soup kitchens or food pantries in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is one of the only alleycats focused on raising donations for good causes. Ever since its beginnings in 1999 it has been adopted by organizers in numerous cities in one form or another where all types of cyclists participate to have fun while benefitting a local charity.

Even though the roots of Cranksgiving began among hard working messengers, with its spread the event also demonstrates how almost any person can use their bicycle as a means of transportation for typical
shopping errands. As a result, cycling reduces an individual’s dependence on expensive automobiles and the ever increasing cost of gas. Riding a bicycle also contributes to a person’s good health through exercise and the resulting reduction of air and noise pollution. A bike also reconnects people to their communities by slowing them down a little and providing exposure to a person’s neighbors and surrounding environment.”

When: Saturday, November 6th 2010 3pm
What: Cranksgiving 2010
Where: Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, WI (behind Summerfest grounds)
Description: Registration at 3pm. There will be an A class and a B class, so all levels of riders are encouraged to come! There’s no entry fee, but you’ll need around $15-20 to cover the grocery items you’ll need to pick up at the checkpoints.

Check back on the Cranksgiving 2010 facebook event page as more information on the event, volunteering, sponsors, etc. is posted. You can also follow Cranksgiving 2010 on twitter.

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Milwaukee’s First Friday Alleycat this Friday 10/1

This Friday, October 1st is Milwaukee’s First Friday Alleycat, and the first of Fall 2010. The weather for night riding has been beautiful lately, no reason not to make it out!

September’s First Friday had a nice surprise when Nick from Bern Helmets showing up awarding first male and female winners helmets, and quite the discount for second and third place racers. Come ready to have some fun, and with the chance of leaving with a pocket full of cash.

Steve Bilek made his way back to the Swinging Door first last month and will be planning this Friday’s race manifest. In his own words, “Trick or Treat! Octobers race will have a Halloween vibe to it, come dressed in costume for bonus fun!”

When: Friday, October 1st 2010 7pm
What: Milwaukee’s First Friday Alleycat (October)
Where: Swinging Door, 219 East Michigan Milwaukee, WI
Description: Registration at 7pm, you’ll get your manifests right before the race takes off at 7:30pm. $5.

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All Out Warfare: Don’t Kill The Messenger in Madison, WI 11/20

Some fun-loving friends from Madison, Wisconsin’s bike-friendly capitol city, are hosting All Out Warfare: Don’t Kill The Messenger 2 in November. Get into it.

Alley Cat Video from Don’t Kill The Messenger 2009

When: Saturday, November 20th 2010 5:30pm
What: All Out Warfare: Don’t Kill The Messenger 2 Alley Cat
Where: Registration at Burrows Park, Madison, WI
Description: Registration 5:30-6:30pm. Race manifests will be handed out at 7pm sharp. $8 to register as a warrior (individual) / $6 to register as an army (team).

“The theme of this race is “All Out Warefare,” so come in uniform. This could mean ninja, sailor, super hero, transformer (whatever you consider badass). You may register as an army (team) or as a warrior (individual). Team riding is being encouraged! There will be three rounds of timed checkpoints. This is going to allow us fewer checkpoints more spread out, and more riding to take place.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE END POINT? The end point is going to be a guarded secret until the last round of checkpoints.


“We have a team of creative badasses collaborating to give Madison her sickest alley cat yet. Riders from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis are encouraged to take on Madison’s finest.”

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2010 Chicago Cuttin’ Crew Classic this Saturday, 9/25

Chicago Cuttin’ Crew, winners of this year’s Riverwest 24 ‘A Team’ division, are hosting their annual Chicago Cuttin’ Crew Classic alleycat race this weekend. These are some great guys and gals involved and supportive their bicycle community, so show them the same love they’ve shown Milwaukee.

When: Saturday, September 25th 2010 11:30am
What: 2010 Chicago Cuttin’ Crew Classic
Where: Registration at Blue Frog Chicago, 676 N. Lasalle Chicago, IL
Description: Group ride to the start leaving at 12:45pm sharp
Link: //!/event.php?eid=139997346020944

“Would you like to volunteer? We’ll make sure it’s worth your while. Contact at

There will also be races on Friday the 24th and a team time trial on Sunday the 26th. No joking here. Main race awards and after party to be hosted at the 2010 Chicago Messenger Prom.”

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Milwaukee Common Council approves citywide bike plan

Milwaukee’s bicycle community is more than supportive of bicycle advocacy and it’s fellow riders, so it’s great seeing positive strides towards making Milwaukee a more bicycle-friendly city. Thanks to all the hard work from individuals and groups efforts, like the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, in approving a citywide bike plan over the next ten years.


Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin

“On September 21, the Milwaukee Common Council approved Milwaukee by Bike, the bicycle transportation plan that the Bike Fed helped develop. The plan passed nearly unanimously, with just one opposing vote, as you can read in this article from Tom Held of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thanks so much to everyone in Milwaukee who educated their representatives about the need for better bicycle facilities and how better biking conditions will contribute to Milwaukee’s livability and economic development. Read more about the bike plan here.”


Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel

“With only one objection, the Common Council approved a road map to add bike lanes and routes in Milwaukee over the next decade.

Ald. Joe Dudzik, who represents the far southwest area of the city, opposed the plan but made no statements as the council considered the blueprint for cycling improvements Tuesday morning.

At a previous meeting, Dudzik said it would be hard to justify spending money on bike paths, given the huge deficits in state and federal budgets. He also said he would follow the direction of his constituents, who may not be overly keen to new bike lanes being added to their streets.

“I’m not going to be bulldozed by a bunch of bicyclists,” Dudzik told the Public Safety Committee last week.

The Bicycle Master Plan maps out 125 miles of new bike lanes, 40 miles of bike boulevards and seven miles of paved trails that would make bicycling on city streets less frightening, according to its proponents.

“It’s really significant because we have ambitions for Milwaukee to be one of the country’s great bicycle cities and first you need a plan,” said Kevin Hardman, executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. “Budgets will change through the years, but this is a long-range plan.”

Planners from the Bike Federation and Portland-based Alta Planning + Design worked with city engineers to map out the network of bike lanes and paths to be built over the next 15 years.

The goal of the bike lane build-out, along with improved education and enforcement, is to put people on bicycles for 5% of all trips less than five miles, by 2020. Daily bike trips in the city would double from about 81,000 to 162,000.

The cost of the projects – striping bike lanes, building boulevards and adding paths – is $8.63 million.

Although adopted by the council, none of the projects in the Milwaukee by Bike guide would be started immediately. Individual projects and spending would have to be approved separately.

“These are goals,” Ald. Nicholas Kovac, a cycling proponent, has said. “These are things we’d like to do. It remains to be seen if we can get any money for it.”

Bike lanes and boulevards are likely to be added during street reconstruction or repaving projects, and when federal grant dollars become available, according to City Engineer Jeff Polenske. Having the plan in place will improve the city’s ability to obtain grants for bike and pedestrian projects, he said.

As mapped out in the planning guide, the network of bike lanes and routes would offer a designated ride option within 1/4 mile of nearly the entire city.

Beyond the basic bike lanes, the plan also calls for several more innovative efforts to make streets safer for cyclists – ideas that have been tested in places like Portland, Ore., Minneapolis, Minn., and Madison. Those include raised bike lanes, pavement markings and signal set ups that put cyclists first in line at intersections, and a bike-sharing program.

Other goals include designated mountain bike trails and a BMX venue in the city, and attended bicycle parking at sporting events and concerts.”

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Full Moon, Full Moon Underwear Bike Ride next Thursday, 9/23

MKEBKE and Milwaukee’s Underwear Bike Ride is excited to announce the Full Moon, Full Moon Ride next Thursday, September 23rd. This is looking to be the last monthly underwear ride of Summer 2010, so tough it out for one last chilly night in your skibbies!

The ride will meet at 10pm in it’s usual spot, the empty lot next to Jimmy John’s on Brady Street. It’ll be chilly so try and be on time, the ride will be taking off soon after.

This is a group ride just for fun, and to promote positive self body image. Anyone and everyone is welcome! There will be a route planned out like usual, so please try and keep the group together. There will be a planned outdoor stop mid-way through the ride to stop and hang out, catch a breath, and have a drink or two. The ride will end back where we started on Brady Street, and everyone is welcome / encouraged to come have a drink at the usual after-ride bar, Bruno’s – 1329 East Brady. $1 PBR and $2 PBR tall boys all night long.

Remember to bring your bike lights!

When: Thursday, September 23rd 2010 10pm
What: Full Moon, Full Moon; Milwaukee’s Underwear Bike Ride
Where: Brady & Warren, Milwaukee, WI

Flyer coming soon..

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Pedal Pusher Prom this Saturday, 9/18

The Pedal Pusher Society is hosting their 3rd Annual Pedal Pusher Prom this Saturday, September 18th at Stonefly Brewery in beautiful Riverwest. 

“A full night of dancing, prom court, prizes, & the notorious PPS kissing booth. $6! No free food. No free drinks. Just the most awesome night of your life.”

When: Saturday, September 18th 2010 10pm
Where: Stonefly Brewery 733 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI

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