Will Kenosha County ever reach bike-friendly status?

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Ralph Ruffolo, owner of Southport Rigging/The Bicycle Shop, was instrumental in bringing Steve Clark of the League of American Bicyclists here in June to help local communities assess strengths and weaknesses as they consider applying for the league’s “Bicycle Friendly Community” status.

“I brought it up as an opportunity, and everybody jumped on it,” Ruffolo said. “What we’re seeing (in his store) are people over 50, baby boomers, coming in and buying the first bike they’ve had since they were in college. Right now, we’re talking about less than 1 percent of people in (American) cities riding bikes. Trek (who is underwriting the Bicycle Friendly Community program) wants to get 3 percent.”

That seems fairly modest, until you look at the 0.55 percent average for ridership in American cities reported for 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data showed Kenosha County at 0.25 percent, less than half the U.S. city average and well below the 1.2 percent average reported for recipients of the league’s starting level “bronze” designation.



Will Kenosha County ever reach bike-friendly status?

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Ralph Ruffolo, owner of Southport Rigging/The Bicycle Shop, was instrumental in bringing Steve Clark of the League of American Bicyclists here in June to help local communities assess strengths and weaknesses as they consider applying for the league’s “Bicycle Friendly Community” status.

“I brought it up as an opportunity, and everybody jumped on it,” Ruffolo said. “What we’re seeing (in his store) are people over 50, baby boomers, coming in and buying the first bike they’ve had since they were in college. Right now, we’re talking about less than 1 percent of people in (American) cities riding bikes. Trek (who is underwriting the Bicycle Friendly Community program) wants to get 3 percent.”

Comparing bike-friendly cities

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Have you visited a community in the country designated Bicycle Friendly by the League of American Bicyclists?

You’ll notice a lot of people pedaling their way to and from schools, markets, parks, offices and other workplaces, not just engaging in casual recreation or vying for trophies encased.

County delays applying for status until bike checklist more complete

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After a 12-mile bike ride drawn up by Ralph Ruffolo, a small group met for a post-ride discussion and listened to what the League of American Bicyclists Steve Clark gleaned from pedaling with them.

The ride went along the city of Kenosha lakefront, part of Kenosha County’s north side path, then on city streets — some designated bike routes, others not; some busy arterials, others residential side streets.

Report card looks at state of ridership in Kenosha County

Steve Clark’s report card from the League of American Bicyclists only referred to Kenosha County, with the grades not taking into account at least two items already in place within the city of Kenosha.

For example, Clark left boxes unchecked under “officers on bikes” and “active bicycle advocacy group in the community.”

What did you do over summer vacation?

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This is not how I remember spending my summers home from college.

In between working, I remember sleeping, long days at the beach, cookouts, bonfires, camping and road trips. I remember lots of freedom and moderate personal discipline.

Zac Epping

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Kenosha connection: Tremper graduate and Kenosha native.

Status: Heading into his fifth-year senior season on the offensive line at the University of Minnesota

Kody Kamm

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Kenosha connection: Bradford graduate, Kenosha resident.

Status: Entering his fourth season as a professional snocross racer in the ISOC Racing AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series. The 20-year-old is entering his third season on the series’ top circuit — Pro Open.

Ross Martin

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Kenosha connection: Tremper graduate.

Status: The 29-year-old is entering his seventh season as a professional snocross racer in the ISOC Racing AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series’ top circuit — Pro Open.

Quardell Young

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Kenosha connection: Bradford graduate who plays basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Status: Will be a senior point-guard for the two-time defending national champion Warhawks.





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