What We Do
As the local bicycle education group for Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Bike Fitchburg
works with the mayor, council, and city staff to make biking of all kinds and walking easier, safer, and more fun. It also educates people who bike and the general public on bicycle matters and serves as an information clearinghouse. Bike Fitchburg is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization governed by a board of directors. Everyone who lives, works, or rides a bike in Fitchburg is invited to add their voices to ours by visiting our website, liking our Facebook page.
and joining our Facebook group.
In 2014 and 2015, the Active Living Work Group
of the Healthy Kids Collaborative
, a joint effort of local municipalities, Dane County, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, were meeting monthly to develop applications for the Bicycle Friendly America program
. While researching best practices for municipal policies, then-Alder Steve Arnold discovered that Fitchburg needed both an official city bicycle committee and an outside, non-profit bicycle education group.
Also in 2014, Matthew Jones and Jennifer Ullman moved to Fitchburg. Matt is a League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructor
with degrees in public administration and urban planning, and was eager to contribute to his new community in a substantial way. He met with Steve to brainstorm areas of need and possible roles. Steve suggested that Matt was uniquely qualified to organize an education organization for bicycling and walking, and as a result, Fitchburg Bicycle Advocates was founded on May 11, 2015 by Matt and Jennifer.
In May, 2016, Fitchburg Bicycle Advocates was renamed Bike Fitchburg. With the help of volunteer and avid cyclist Gary Berger, Bike Fitchburg incorporated as Bike Fitchburg, Inc., and was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, non-profit public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code on May 29, 2017.
How We Work
Bike Fitchburg consists of an all-volunteer board of directors and board of advisors. Officers and directors meet monthly.
There are currently no membership dues. Some operating funds are raised by our annual, signature ¡Pick Me Up @ the Border! ride. Donations by check to “Bike Fitchburg, Inc.” are gratefully accepted and tax receipts will be provided.
Members of the public who live, work, or ride in the City of Fitchburg are encouraged to “join” Bike Fitchburg by liking our Facebook page, joining our Facebook group, following our Twitter account and Instagram feeds, and submitting their names and e-mail addresses to our mailing list. We use the mailing list and social media to announce new facilities and policies, temporary closures and re-openings, and action alerts about policy and budget matters coming before Fitchburg local government that affect people who bike. Join us!