Milwaukee Metro Members Meeting Nov. 18th


The next Milwaukee area members meeting will be Tuesday, November 18th at the Milwaukee Beer Bistro, 2730 N Humboldt Blvd in the Riverwest neighborhood. Everyone decided at the last meeting that these monthly meetings will be held the third Tuesday of every month and the locations will float to different locations in the Milwaukee metro area.


  • Introduce Tony Giron, new Bike Fed staff member hired to work on Smart Trips Program in Riverwest and Harambe.
  • Quick update on Milwaukee County cycling issues after last Trails Council Meeting
  • 2015 Bike Fed Ride Series

The primary thing on the agenda for the November meeting will be to plan a series of free Bike Fed member rides, pick ride leaders and put them on the calendar. I would like to start some rides yet this year, plan some winter rides and a whole series of rides for 2015. The key to making these rides happen are Bike Fed members who agree to lead a ride. These will not all be staff-led rides, but I am committing to a series of rides that I will lead. Don’t worry if you can’t make this meeting and want to lead a ride, we can always add you to the calendar later.

About 30 people showed up at the last meeting at Anodyne in Walkers Point. Kristen Bennet, (yellow jacket) City of Milwaukee Bicycle Pedestrian Program Manager, gave an update on projects and programs. Photo by Alexander Pendleton

We will also develop a ride rating system, so people know what to expect in terms of ride speed, difficulty, etc. I suggest we the following as a starting point. If you have other ideas or want to suggest modifications to the rating system, please let me know in the comment section below.

Ride Name

Each ride should have a name  Every ride must have at least one ride leader with contact information

Ride Leader

Every ride must have at least one ride leader with contact information and one co-leader if possible

Ride Description

This is a short, general description of the ride, like “Urban ride with stops for food and beverages” or “Fast paced training ride with sprints.”


How many miles is the ride


The pace classification refers to the range of speeds on level ground without breaks. Downhills may be faster, uphills slower.

  • Easy: Under 10 mph
  • Leisurely: 10-12 mph
  • Steady: 12-14 mph
  • Moderate: 14-16 mph
  • Brisk: 16-18 mph
  • Vigorous: 18- 20 mph
  • Strenuous: 20-22 mph
  • Super Strenuous: 22+ mph


  • Mostly flat
  • Hilly
  • Paved Trail
  • Gravel
  • Dirt trail


Whether or not a map or cue sheet is provided.


Indicates how often the leader stops to regroup. Generally faster-paced and longer-mileage rides regroup less frequently. “None” and “occasional” regroup categories generally expect experienced riders who can fix their own minor mechanical problems and follow a map or cue sheet if they get separated from the group.

  • None
  • Occasional
  • Frequent
  • No drop


Indicates whether or not certain weather conditions cancel the ride

  • Showers cancel
  • Steady rain cancels
  • Ice/snow cancels
  • No rain cancellation… We ride!


All riders are expected to carry the equipment necessary to fix their own bike. Ride leaders are not responsible for mechanical problems.



About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

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