N.E.W. bicycling and walking: Using your bicycle and pedestrian eyes
By Peter and Tracy Flucke
Special to The Press Times
BROWN COUNTY – Do you look at the world through bicyclist and pedestrian eyes?
We do, and we would like to help you do it, too.
People on foot and bicycle are everywhere. Have you ever tried to count them?
The reasons we walk and bicycle are many, and the benefits are tremendous.
The presence of pedestrians and bicyclists in a community is a strong indicator of the health of that community.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are the least common denominator in our transportation system.
If we get it right for our most vulnerable users, we get it right for everyone.
Opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists have increased dramatically in Northeastern Wisconsin over the past several decades, and the pace is quickening, but we still have a lot of work to do.
The number of motor vehicle crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists has increased statewide and nationally over the past several years.
However, Northeastern Wisconsin has so far bucked this trend.
This new monthly column will cover bicycle and pedestrian topics of interest to this area and beyond.
Our goal is to entertain, educate and inspire you with a new perspective.
A bit about us
Peter is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point and has a degree in recreation, forestry and environmental law enforcement.
He is a former police officer, a park ranger and a bicycle patrol officer.
Peter has been the President of WE BIKE, etc. since 1993 and is a nationally certified League Cycling Instructor, Police Cyclist and expert witness.
He currently serves on the Brown County Traffic Safety Committee and served for 10 years each on the Governor’s Coordinating Bicycle Council, Ashwaubenon Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, and the Wisconsin Bike Fed Board of Directors.
Tracy has a degree in recreation administration from UW-La Crosse and a master’s degree in public administration from UW-Green Bay.
She has 30 years of government administration experience in the Village of Ashwaubenon and the villages of Harrison and Allouez.
Her leadership helped these communities become more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly and healthier for all.
Tracy has been Vice President of WE BIKE, etc. since its inception and joined the company fulltime in 2014.
Together, we have completed three unsupported cross-country trips on our tandem bicycle; Northern Tier – 2014 (4,362 miles), Mississippi River – 2015 (3,052 miles), and Historic Route 66 – 2016 (2,603 miles).
We recently completed a 1,400-mile trip in the Sierra and Cascade mountains.
Our book, “Coast to Coast on a Tandem,” is based on our Northern Tier adventure.
WE BIKE, etc. is a consulting business located in Ashwaubenon which specializes in engineering, education, enforcement and encouragement for walking, bicycling and healthy communities.
Recent local projects include bicycle and pedestrian plans for the city of Green Bay and the town of Ledgeview and a safety assessment of the Fox River Trail.
We hope this column will help you better understand and appreciate local bicycle and pedestrian issues and opportunities.
Editor’s notes: Peter and Tracy Flucke are authors of the book “Coast to Coast on a Tandem” and owners of WE BIKE, etc., a national bicycle and pedestrian consulting business based in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
N.E.W. bicycling and walking
A monthly column about bicycle and pedestrian topics of interest to Northeastern Wisconsin
- Winter biking
- Training and nutrition
- Groups and organizations
- What you need to know
- Local rides and routes
- Why does my butt hurt?
- Local bicycle shops
- Getting there by bike or foot
- Women and cycling
- Family cycling
- Upcoming projects
- Silly cycling