Saturday, July 13, 2024

All about biking - July 19-22

 


UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to factors out of our control, the Teaching Safe Bicycling course on July 19, 2024 has been canceled. Other Wisconsin Bike Fed events will still be happening throughout the weekend including E-bike 101, Smart Cycling 101, and attendance at Disability Pride.

If you would still interested in the Teaching Safe Bicycling course or being involved in bike rodeos, please reach out to Jenna Dinkel (dinkelj@cityoflacrosse.org) for future information and to get involved. Thanks for your understanding. Please let me know if you have any questions.


The Wisconsin Bike Fed is taking to the road for lively and fun multi-day cycling education in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Anyone, whether they are new to cycling, a tenured commuter, or an educator looking for more teaching tools, is encouraged to attend. We are working with some amazing community partners so that these programs can be free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to brush up on their bicycling knowledge, have some fun, and meet fellow cyclists in the La Crosse community.

Find more info at the links below and make sure to register ahead of time so we can stay in communication with you and plan accordingly.

July 19th: Teaching Safe Bicycling @ Black River Beach Neighborhood Ctr, 1433 Rose St.  9a-3p

  • This course sets out to train-the-trainer by offering participants the skills and on-course practice they need to teach safe cycling techniques to children.

July 20th: Disability Pride @ Central High School, 1801 Losey Blvd S. 11a-4p

  • Cycling without Age will join the Disability Action Network (DAN) for Disability Pride to promote inclusion and highlight the value of people with disabilities in the La crosse community and beyond.

July 21st: E-Bike 101 @ Wrench and Roll Collective 1200 Caledonia St. 4:30p

  • Celebrating cycling in all forms, this course goes over the basics of electric biking, including how to choose an e-bike, safety and maintenance, and on road and path etiquette. 

July 22nd: Smart Cycling 101 @ UW La Crosse Recreational Eagle Ctr, 1600 Farwell St. 2-7p

  • This course is a great way to brush up on the skills and information needed for city and country riding alike. We discuss the basics of bike maintenance, rules of the road, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. Then we hit the road for a bicycle ride to put it all into practice.

Find more information on cycling related events across the state all year round at https://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/

Friday, July 12, 2024

When Rubber Hits the Road

 


WHEN RUBBER HITS THE ROAD

FRIDAY, JULY 19 * 7:30 p.m. * RIVOLI

In January 1991, Eau Claire, Wisconsin's Uniroyal tire plant employees received devastating news: after 75 years of manufacturing tires, the plant was scheduled to close.  As the city struggled to overcome the loss of its largest employer, the former employees struggled to find their footing in a quickly changing world.  What would happen next was anyone’s guess.  But if the city hoped to survive, it was up to its citizens to figure out how.


When Rubber Hits the Road is more than a story about tires.  It’s the story of a Midwestern city’s attempt to reinvent itself in the wake of America’s manufacturing decline.  It’s a blueprint, too, for how a community can bounce back—when people commit themselves to embracing change.


Following the film, join filmmakers B.J. Hollars and Steve Dayton for a conversation and Q&A about the making of the documentary.


View trailer and get tickets HERE: https://tickets.rivoli.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=869717~e3c66030-62d8-4282-9886-16d09f1887f2&epguid=860d7874-6e0b-4967-89c5-bd2947a38ea3&

Monday, July 08, 2024

More public input this week


Wednesday, July 10: WisDOT and at-grade railroad crossings

WisDOT officials will hold a public meeting in La Crosse regarding changes to two railroad crossings on the city's north side.

The meeting is set for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at Logan High School.
The project focuses of crossings at Hagar Street/Avon Street and at St. Cloud Street/Liberty Street.
 These are both "at-grade" intersections, or junctions where two or more roads meet or cross at the same level.

Questions about the project can be directed to project manager Kris Sommers at (608) 266-3341 or Kristen.Sommers@dot.wi.govA comment form is available if members of the public are not able to attend.

In previous presentation documents, the DOT says they aim to minimize crashes and discourage unsafe driving at both locations.

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Thursday, July 11: La Crosse Common Council - Mayoral appeal of historic designation for South Branch Library

From Holy Trinity-Longfellow Neighborhood:
I am again asking you to send another letter to the Common Council and the City Clerk before Thursday, July 11. (zzcouncilmembers@cityoflacrosse.org and clerk@Cityoflacrosse.org)

Mayor Reynolds has announced he will appeal the South Branch Library's Historic Landmark designation. A petition with 540 signatures supported repurposing the building (rather than demolishing it). The Heritage Preservation Commission agreed that the building should be a Historic Landmark. And the Economic and Community Development Commission voted to sell the library and grounds for apartments and townhouses.

If you believe the Historic Landmark designation should be upheld, act soon. The appeal is being put to a vote at the Common Council meeting this Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Email the Common Council and urge them to reject the Mayor’s appeal of the designation. If you can, go to the meeting at City Hall this Thursday at 6:00 pm. 

Friday, July 05, 2024

Coulee Region Immigration Summit

 


Monday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
La Crosse Public Library

Speaking the language of shared values, opportunity and possibility.

PLEASE NOTE: This FREE, in-person only event takes place at the La Crosse Public Library Main Auditorium (lower level), 800 Main St., La Crosse.

The Coulee Region Immigration Summit will spotlight the ways that people who migrate enrich our community. We’ll engage in an immersive learning session that focuses on the power of language that is filled with dignity and hope. A storytelling panel will bring the perspectives of people in migration, local employers and the Humanitarian Parole program. We’ll leave the summit with skills for constructive conversations and inspired to accompany and advocate for people who migrate. 

The Immigration Summit is sponsored by the Coulee Region Immigration Task Force, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Affiliation Office, Franciscan Spirituality Center and Kino Border Initiative (KBI).

Learn more at https://fsc.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:2:::::P0_EMBED,PROGRAM_ID:0,8709

Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Coalition Builder position - Forward Together Wisconsin

Forward Together Wisconsin is a new non-profit formed, "to create a new model for how organizations can best interact as a liaison between community members and federal [energy and infrastructure]  investments to ensure these dollars are spent."

The group is seeking a Coalitions Manager for western Wisconsin. 

FORWARD TOGETHER WISCONSIN SEEKING COALITIONS MANAGER

Coalitions Manager (Milwaukee, Public Education, Western WI):

The Coalitions Manager will be responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with community organizations, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to build diverse and inclusive coalitions. Working closely with the Coalitions Director and other team members, you will coordinate advocacy efforts, mobilize resources, and drive collective action on key issues.

Key Responsibilities:

● Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with community organizations, advocacy groups, and grassroots movements to build coalitions aligned with the organization's mission and priorities.

● Engage and mobilize coalition members, including community leaders, activists, volunteers, and other stakeholders, to participate in advocacy campaigns, events, and initiatives.

● Facilitate regular meetings, conference calls, and other communication channels to foster collaboration, share information, and coordinate action among coalition members.

● Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop advocacy strategies, campaign plans, and messaging that resonate with target audiences and advance shared goals.

● Provide support, resources, and training to coalition members to strengthen their capacity for advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development.

● Coordinate logistics for coalition meetings, events, and activities, including venue selection, agenda development, and outreach to participants.

● Track and analyze data on coalition engagement, campaign progress, and outcomes to assess effectiveness, identify opportunities for improvement, and inform strategic decision-making.

● Represent the organization at coalition meetings, community events, and other public forums to build relationships, raise awareness of our work, and advocate for policy changesa and social justice issues.

Qualifications:

● Minimum of 2 years of experience in coalition-building, community organizing, advocacy, or related fields, with a demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage relationships with diverse stakeholders.

● Strong understanding of social justice issues, community dynamics, and advocacy strategies, with a commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

● Excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build consensus, motivate others, and navigate complex relationships and power dynamics.

● Proven project management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and drive results in a fast-paced environment.

● Experience working with diverse communities and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with coalition-building in multicultural contexts.

● Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and travel as needed.

Benefits:

● Competitive salary: $75,000 annually

● Bi-monthly pay schedule for consistent income

● Comprehensive healthcare coverage for you and your dependents

● Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) to maintain work-life balance

● Dedicated sick leave to prioritize health and wellness

To apply please email Jobs@ForwardTogetherWI.org your resume. Subject line: Coalitions Manager -Your Name

About Forward Together Wisconsin:

Forward Together Wisconsin (FTW) exists to seize the unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented by the historic federal investments in Wisconsin to fight climate change. Now is the time to create real progress in Wisconsin by ensuring these dollars have an impact in communities across the state, especially communities of color, working class communities, Tribal communities, and rural communities. Not only do we seek to promote the positive impacts of these investments, we will also help make these stories a reality for Wisconsinites by directly connecting and providing assistance to communities to enroll in these programs.

FTW creates a new model for how organizations can best interact as a liaison between community members and federal investments to ensure these dollars are spent. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, created by Mandela Barnes, operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes including, but not limited to, conducting research on federal investments in WI, educating the general public on accessing said investments, and assisting the general public with technical and financial needs to access the federal funds.

Find out more about our organization and mission here: https://forwardtogetherwi.org/






Monday, July 01, 2024

Bike/Ped Plan Update Final Version

Why does the cover still show Lycra bicycle guy?

After a year of meetings, input, feedback, and revisions, the Bike/Ped Master Plan update is nearly complete. You can view the final version at https://forwardlacrosse.org. This version will be discussed for approval at the following meetings (see agendas, when available, for Zoom access info):

July 9 at 8:30 a.m. - Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

July 29 at 4 p.m. - Planning Commission 
July 30 at 6 p.m. - Judiciary & Administration Committee

August 8 at 6 p.m. - La Crosse Common Council Meeting

 

For further information on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan update, please visit the project's website at forwardlacrosse.org.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

WisDOT input & AMA Traffic Engineers

Open public involvement meeting for highway study (including West Avenue)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting an open-house public involvement meeting to introduce the La Crosse US 53 & US 14/61 Study, from WIS 35 (West Avenue) to I-90. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn about the study, engage with WisDOT staff and representatives, and share their insight on the corridor’s existing conditions.

The public involvement meeting is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. June 26, 2024, at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center in the Maplewood room, 1433 Rose Street.

The study will assess how to best improve safety and operations for all travelers, as well as addressing pavement and bridge needs along the existing US 53 & US 14/61 corridor. The public is invited to attend and ask questions regarding this study. 

Learn more at https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/sw/533516-lacrosse/default.aspx

The meeting facility is transit accessible by bike and via MTU Route 6 and is wheelchair accessible. A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be on-site for the meeting.

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Then, attend this free online AMA with Wes Marshall, author of the new book, KILLED BY A TRAFFIC ENGINEER, on June 27 at 1 p.m.  to understand why it's up to us to push for the best solutions for safety, equity, and accessibility even if the experts say no. Don't accept,"We can't do that here," for a final answer. Here's a Strong Towns discussion with the author from early June 




Monday, June 24, 2024

Bernie June 29 UWL

 


On Saturday, June 29, Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at The Bluffs, UWL Student Union. Doors open at 10:30. Rally starts at 11:30 a m. RSVP here: https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/rsvp-la-crosse-wi-rally/

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Line 5 Comment Workshop

Earlier this month, in eight hours of public comment, the Army Corps heard our call loud and clear: reject permits for Line 5. Hundreds of people turned out in Ashland because of their concerns for the Great Lakes! Comments at the hearing were overwhelmingly (2-1) in support of the shutdown of Line 5.

Now, it's time for the rest of us to add our voices. You can submit comments online until July 5. Learn more about the process here: https://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/3782030/corps-of-engineers-publishes-draft-combined-decision-document-for-wisconsin-lin/

Want more help putting together your comments? Have questions about the pipeline? Want a yard sign? Want to meet others who care about these issues? 

Join the Wisconsin Sierra Club's La Crosse  comment-writing pop-up!  Get help writing comments, get materials to help collect more comments, and get answers to any questions you may have about Line 5. Stop in and get a yard sign too!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House, 724 Main Street, La Crosse
WHO: Anyone may attend You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.
HOW: This site is accessible by bike, bike share, and bus (#4 - 7th & State stop and Circulator - 9th & Main stop).

Event Organizer: Heather Wittrock heather.wittrock@sierraclub.org (608) 256-0565


Tell the Biden Administration: No to Line 5
Enbridge Energy, a multi-billion dollar corporation, is moving oil dangerously through northern Wisconsin every day illegally in trespass, violating the Bad River Band's sovereignty. Now, Enbridge is trying to expand that pipeline and operate it for years to come, putting at risk the water, fish, plants and animals, humans, and so much more, with the threat of an oil spill.

The Biden Administration is taking comments on Enbridge's proposal and they need to hear about the dangers of the pipeline and the need to deny permits for the reroute. 

Other workshops:
  • June 25 in Eau Claire (11a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phillips Public Library)
  • June 26 in Appleton (5 to 7 p.m. at Copper Rock Coffee Company)
  • June 26 in Ashland (details TBD)
  • June 27 in Green Bay (5:30 to 7 p.m. at Central Library

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Juneteenth National and Local

VENUE CHANGE! DUE TO PREDICTED STORMS, JUNETEENTH WILL BE HELD AT LOGAN MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Local and national (online) events will celebrate the 159th anniversary of the announcement in Galveston, Texas that slavery had ended two and a half years before - Juneteenth. 

Every Wednesday in June, Family Search offers free Roots Search webinars online. View the schedule and watch past programs at https://www.familysearch.org/en/rootstech/events/juneteenth-at-familysearch. Family Tree also offers a series of webinars: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar/juneteenth-how-emancipation-came-to-texas-and-how-we-celebrate/

Check out the Juneteenth Digital Toolkit, hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  

Then, on Tuesday, June 18, join a virtual program by the Galveston, Texas Historical Foundation's African Amerian Heritage Committee to look at some of the undertold stories of the people and places of Galveston’s Juneteenth history. Register for the online event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/did-you-know-juneteenth-galveston-juneteenth-2024-tickets-906793352327

Also on June 18, take a guided virtual tour of the National Constitution Center's exhibit, Juneteenth in Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality. Register for the 11 a.m. program here: https://tinyurl.com/Natconsctrjuneteenth1

On Wednesday, June 19 at 1 p.m., join an online Conversation on Black leadership with political commentator and bestselling author Eddie Glaude Jr. In his new book, "We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For," Glaude explores how ordinary people, through the examples of leading Black Americans Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Ella Baker, have the capacity to achieve a more just and perfect democracy.

And at 4  or 7:30 p.m.,  La Crosse area Juneteenth festivities will begin with a free screening of the 2023 musical The Color Purple at the Rivoli (show times at 4 and at 7:30 p.m.)

On Saturday, June 22, celebrate Juneteenth live and in person at Riverside Park from noon to 7 p.m. including a special Kids' Fail from noon to 3. Learn more at https://juneteenthlaxwi.weebly.com/





Thursday, June 06, 2024

Juneteenth needs vols!!


Volunteers are still needed for La Crosse's (June 22) Juneteenth.  If interested volunteers can SIGN UP HERE

Help the community remember and celebrate Juneteenth at Riverside Park from noon to 7 p.m. 

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States

On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day. With the principles of self-determination, citizenship, and democracy magnifying their hopes and dreams, those Texans held fast to the promise of true liberty for all.

In 2021, Juneteenth was established as a federal holiday, opening it to symbolic and global interpretation and providing a better understanding of the evolution of our nation and its people. Juneteenth celebrations then, like now, recognize the ongoing fight for human rights and equality and are commemorated through family cookouts, faith services, musical performances and storytelling. Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American resilience and achievement while aiding in the preservation of those historical narratives that promoted racial and personal advancement since Freedom Day. 

Sunday, June 02, 2024

Rally for Clean Energy


RALLY FOR CLEAN ENERGY!

JUNE 5, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

OUTSIDE OF THE LA CROSSE CENTER

The Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club is hosting a rally outside of the La Crosse Center where Dairyland Power Cooperative's annual meeting is being help. The rally will ve on Wednesday, June 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to demand clean energy and energy efficiency rather than fossil fuels and new nukes.


Dairyland Power Cooperative, the generation cooperative that many local transmission cooperatives in Wisconsin get their power from, is proposing to build a large fossil gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin. This is a costly, polluting proposal that Superior does not want! Dairyland is also considering building a new nuclear plant at Genoa.

Make sure Dairyland knows that we want clean energy and energy efficiency!

  • No new fossil fuel or dirty energy plants.
  • Retire all coal plants (like the existing Madgett Coal Plant)
  • Invest in energy efficiency and renewable solutions like wind, solar, and battery storage

Speakers are at 10:45 a.m.

Bring: Comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothes, signs about NTEC (we will also provide some)

RSVPhttps://tinyurl.com/Wisc-NoNTEC

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Last chance - Bike/Ped feedback

Why does this logo still show racer bike guy?

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Enduring Families

A patchwork of local history.

The Enduring Families Project brings to life the stories of 19th Century African Americans who lived in La Crosse and the surrounding area: a presidential candidate, a politically active farmer, a vaudeville musician, a women's boarding house owner, several barbers, including one woman who owned her own barbershop. These stories, told through reenactments, run the gamut of life experiences in 19th Century La Crosse.

Presented by the Enduring Families Project which is generously sponsĂșored by the La Crosse County Historical Society.

Performances in May 24 and May 25 at the La Crosse Community Theater, 428 Front Street South.

Friday, May 17, 2024

May 21 - Climate Action in a River City & Green Drinks - HVAC

Two great events are cross-scheduled (alas!) on Tuesday


At 7 p.m. the Coulee Region Sierra Club hosts Mayor Mitch Reynolds for a talk about his experience as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and about La Crosse's Climate Action Plan. To register, call 608-315-2693 or visit tinyurl.com/CRSC-MayorReynolds-Climate  

And 

At 6 p.m. it's Green (HVAC) Drinks at
Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning, 1025 2nd sAvenue SW in Onalaska.


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

How to Power a City - EcoMetropolis


Next City's EcoMetropolis Film Festival kicks off TODAY with a virtual screening of "How To Power A City". Tickets are available for purchase on a sliding scale starting at $5. Your contributions cover our streaming costs and help us preserve free access to solutions journalism for all readers who work to liberate cities. Grab your ticket now!

How To Power A City” is a feature documentary and a solutions-focused climate story. Studies show that people want to use renewable energy. Many do not know where to get started. “How To Power A City” follows people in six different locations leading various types of renewable energy projects, from as small as a few streetlights to innovating an entire utility. These solutions will help audiences see we have more opportunities than ever before to transform our energy systems and take climate action. How to Power a City was also recently nominated for Best Feature Documentary by the Arctic Film Festival in Svalbard, Norway, the world's northernmost film festival and concerned with climate, sustainability, and UN SDG goals.

Watch the trailer.  TICKETS

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Transportation cornucopia

There are several transit-related events coming up soon.

On Monday, May 20, the final draft of the update for the city's Bike/Ped Master Plan will be available to perusal and input at the La Crosse Public Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation at 5:30. The City has spent the last year updating the 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan with the goal of improving the bicycle and pedestrian transportation network throughout the city. The draft plan includes strategies for the creation, growth, and effective administration of current and prospective bicycle, pedestrian, and multi-modal networks within the City of La Crosse. Learn more at https://forwardlacrosse.org.

On Tuesday, May 21, the BOREALIS (formerly TCMC) begins service and there will be a party at the Amtrak station from noon to 3:00 p.m. to welcome the second daily trains, one in each direction, to our community. We hear there will be a food truck, music, dignitaries, and more. The eastbound Borealis is due to arrive at the station at about 2:16 p.m. Check out the schedule here.
 
On Thursday, May 30, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and AARP will host a follow-up event to last year's Community Transportation Academy

"Please join us from 2-4:30 in the afternoon at UWL for an appetizer reception with local transportation project highlights and an evening screening from 5:30-7:30 of The Street Project, a documentary by the award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Boyd about the global citizen-led fight to make our streets safer, followed by an open Q&A at the historic Rivoli Theater in downtown La Crosse. This is a great opportunity to connect with others in the community who are dedicated to expanding transportation options in the La Crosse area.

These events follow Ride With the Mayor in the morning, an annual bike tour of new improvements and future challenges in La Crosse; Ride With the Mayor is organized by local advocates and supported by the City of La Crosse Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

 

These events are free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP here (please note that no RSVP is required for Ride With the Mayor): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8KGIDdviW90EsoAWmgGib8oejY7qqOJawcjYUYj7D4giQEg/viewform 

 


On Saturday, June 1, the Coulee Region Group and Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club will host a TRANSIT TO TRAILS event. Participants will meet at the Grand River Station Transit Center a little before 8:30 a.m., ride the bus together to the La Crosse River Conservancy Trail near Stoney Creek Inn, hike, and return on the bus to the Transit Center at about 11:40 a.m. An optional on-your-own lunch at Pickermans will follow the trip. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/LaXT2TRegister or call 608-315-2693.