We’re Madison Freewheel Bicycle Co., and we’re the nonprofit that will be running the Madison Bicycle Center when the Judge Doyle Square project opens (projected open date will be around Thanksgiving). We want to use our Access Hour to talk about the Bike Center, Freewheel, and the work we do surrounding transportation justice.
Lawmakers slipped a measure into the state transportation budget that bans municipalities from condemning land — also known as eminent domain — for sidewalks, bike paths and recreational trails. Mayor Soglin is not happy. “This is nothing short of ridiculous or cruel, for that matter,” Soglin says. He says the city has always been able […]
Jesse Ransom is an engineer, head of Ransom Engineering, an inventor and a regular at Madison’s east side hackerspace, Sector 67. In 2014, he began construction of “The Minnebago,” a bicycle-powered mobile camper, complete with bed, solar power and a hole in the floor for ice fishing. The Minnebago made its debut on the ice of Lake Monona that winter. After a successful ice fishing season, Jesse parked the Minnebago to Madison’s State Street. That’s when the trouble started, with the Madison Police ultimately impounding the 350-pound vehicle.
Jesse spoke with host Brian Standing about the events and what it means.