Issue #387 June 26, 2019

Biking Toward Inclusion

From safety to social dynamics to clothing and equipment – women in biking have it different

Lauren Fisher

Here’s a list of things that Jenn Bast, who has been biking in the Chippewa Valley for almost 10 years, considers when she goes out for a ride. It’s not comprehensive, by any stretch, but it’s representative...

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Issue #387 June 26, 2019

Bike + Bus = Best

Take the bus with your bike!

Lauren Fisher

The Eau Claire Transit System runs a fleet of 22 buses throughout residential, medical, and retail areas in the city – and all of them are equipped with bicycle racks that hold up to two cycles.

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Issue #387 June 26, 2019

Everything has a Purpose

a bike embellished with repurposed materials keeps people happy

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Every once in a while around Eau Claire, you might see aBa, a professor of mathematics at UWEC, riding a pretty flashy bike. aBa got his bicycle, nicknamed the “boy bike,” in 2008 when he was studying at the University of Iowa for his Ph.D.

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Issue #387 June 26, 2019

Biking to Work: How & Why to Give It a Try

Despite the sweatiness, a two-wheeled commute is great. Here’s some locals that do it.

Josh Rizzo

Have you ever thought about biking to work? This year, I started biking to work every day that I can, and I wanted to share a few stories of some others who bike to work, why they do it, and some tips they have for getting started.

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Issue #387 June 26, 2019

The Kids Are on Wheels

youth cycling program starts ‘em young

Tori Johnson, photos by Michael Bartsch

In 2017, Eau Claire Youth Cycling’s first year, there were 16 members. Two years later they have reached their (current) maximum capacity with 90 members, 38 coaches, and a waitlist.

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Issue #387 June 26, 2019

A Plethora of Places to Pedal

from recreational trails to commuter routes, the network of infrastructure for bicyclists is growing

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s not just your imagination: The amount of bike infrastructure in the Chippewa Valley has been steadily growing in recent years as both bicyclists and public officials have continued to push for dedicated bike trails, bike lanes, and signed bike routes in urban and rural areas.

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Issue #386 June 12, 2019

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Branden Nall, Luong Huynh, Taylor Smith, Timothy Mather, Lee Butterworth

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...

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Issue #378 February 20, 2019

Pa Thao - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Executive Director of the Black & Brown Womyn Power Coalition

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Pa Thao is dedicated to uplifting underserved and underrepresented groups within her community. She was the executive director of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for seven years, before becoming the executive director of the Black and Brown Womyns Coalition. Thao’s efforts in the Chippewa Valley have a national, and even international, impact.

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Issue #378 February 20, 2019

Mike Golat - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

City Administrator of Altoona

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Mike Golat has been on the front lines of the River Prairie Development, an investment that will benefit the Chippewa Valley for generations, for the past 13 years. Through service with the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Visit Eau Claire, Eau Claire county, and various other community organizations, he has helped build the foundation for regional prosperity through city planning.

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Issue #378 February 20, 2019

Julia Johnson - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Partner at Pablo Properties

Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Julia Johnson has been involved with the development of Downtown Eau Claire since the early days of Jamf software company. She was involved with the planning and construction of the Jamf Building, the Lismore, the Informalist, ECDC, and the Pablo Center; she continues to serve on local boards and work toward a more accessible, cooperative city.

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Issue #376 January 23, 2019

Teaching Kindness

At the Northwest Reading Clinic, Ruth Harris has brought 50 years of life-changing gifts to the Chippewa Valley.

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kindness is essential. But what is it that marks the difference between a good teacher and one who serves for 50 years, helping more than 5,000 students overcome personal, emotional, and physical difficulties to improve their literacy and lives?

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