UPAF, My Ride, and Sunday Streets for Milwaukee?
This past weekend I took part in the United Performing Arts Fund’s 29th annual Miller Lite Ride for the Arts, it was great to see thousands of people show up bright and early to take part in the ride. This event brought together two goals, supporting the arts and promoting more bike riding, that fit perfectly with the creation of a vibrant city. The day of the ride was cold, and it rained part of the way through, but the experience of seeing so much of Milwaukee at a pace where you can actually take it in got me thinking. First, it was abundantly apparent that Milwaukee’s roads are truly in bad shape. Secondly, it was interesting that the ride didn’t require the closing of many streets, basically just part of Water St., and that the amount of car traffic along the route was minimal. This was interesting as the possibility of closing streets on Sundays to allow for other activities and events apparently without disrupting any significant amount of traffic appeared possible. This potential to close streets on Sundays reminded me that in Milwaukee we have a variety of great street festivals and events, but one car-free event that has yet to arrive in Milwaukee is a Ciclovía.