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#bikefooddrive #pedalforgood How fun was that?

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Zia Brucaya Awesome, thanks Jamie! We posted the results on Love to Ride Madison Facebook yesterday - 236 pounds donated!

This is a story about cheesecake. I love cheesecake. When I get cheesecake at restaurants, I am always so disappointed that it isn't my mom's cheesecake. My mom makes the best cheesecake. Brasse... read more

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Kristin Davis You can’t just throw a word like cheesecake out there and not say where it is!
Susan Hollingsworth Oh, my. My cheesecake story appears to have made it to the "stories from around the world" page. No wonder! This restaurant... read more

I wasn't sure where to take this photo at the Monroe Street Farmers Market, but settled on the bike parking area. The Monroe St. Market is held in a parking lot where there's not close-by parking, ... read more

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Discovering new city or county parks by bike is always fun. This one is a bit of a distance from Madison, but it's a great park and the riding in the area is beautiful: Magnolia Bluff County Park. ... read more

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Zia Brucaya Looks beautiful - this is a new one to me!

Bought canned goods at Festival Foods by bike, dropped at the Cargo Bike Shop. #PedalForGood #BikeFoodDrive

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Zia Brucaya Thank you for donating, Annette!

Stopped at Black Saddle Bike shop on my ride home from work and dropped off some donations for the #bikefooddrive. Grabbed a new tire while I was there, great shop and people! #pedalforgood

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Zia Brucaya Thanks for donating, Luke!

Bloom has an amazing biscuit sandwich with roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and greens -- alas, they have a limited menu for the pandemic, and I cannot get my favorite sandwich. Instead,... read more

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Another place I have never used my Bike Bennies -- and another one that involves ice cream. I've been missing out! Not free this time, but a nice discount on the concessions at the zoo. Unlike a... read more

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Orange Tree Imports is where I first learned about Bike Benefits and bought my first sticker. Lots of the Monroe St shops have Bike Bennies – it's a great neighborhood for shopping on a bike. Al... read more

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I don't do social media so I don't quite know how to do these #Curmudgeon #WhatIsThisHashtagBusiness, but I see that we're being invited to enter a drawing by sharing our love of Bike Bennies, and ... read more

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Zia Brucaya Susan, your post is perfect! (Successful #hashtag use :D) Thank you for posting and supporting these awesome local business... read more

I haven't been to a coffee shop since March, and it's probably going to be a while until I'll go to one again. But there's a great alternative, now that summer is here: Coffee outside! It's as easy... read more

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We're cooped in more than ever right now, which makes it really important for me to embrace opportunities to get out with my 6 year old son and explore by bike. He probably hasn't realized it, but ... read more

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I grew up in Germany, where turtles are either pets or live in a zoo. So I greatly enjoy the opportunity to see turtles in the wild. One good spot that's not too far from Madison and in a very bike... read more

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At Olbrich Gardens, the Bike Benefits sticker is good for free admission to the Conservatory. Right now the Conservatory is closed for the pandemic, but the outdoor gardens are open (with limited h... read more

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Harald's park story has inspired me! When I was signing up for Democracy in the Park, I was looking for a park that I could easily bike to. I didn't end up choosing this one, but it sure fits that ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I'm the team captain on the Madison Bikes Love to Ride group. To keep our group motivated (not that they really need that...) we did a little prize drawing at the end of Madison Bike Week: A handma... read more

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#PedalForGood #BikeFoodDrive I dropped off food donation at Cargo Bike Shop for food drive.

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Zia Brucaya Thank you for donating!
D K My pleasure!

Thanks to everyone who is donating to the #PedalForGood Cycle September Food Drive! We picked up the first round of donations this week at Wheel & Sprocket Middleton (pic), The Cargo Bike Shop, Nef... read more

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And now for something completely different! In addition to supporting local businesses, Bike Month is a fine time to support our local food banks. Check out this map of bike shops that are acceptin... read more

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Susan Hollingsworth ... well, I can't include a link apparently! Thbbbbbt. To check out the map, search for BikeFoodDrive or PedalForGood. Also... read more
Zia Brucaya This is such a great story, thank you for posting, Susan! And thanks to Edgewood College for supporting your efforts!

It turned out I needed a smarter phone to order curbside -- but Colectivo is offering curbside pickup via a smartphone app, and they also have Bike Bennies in non-pandemic times, and special treats... read more

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I have never taken advantage of my Bicycle Benefits at Wingra Boats, and it's not available right now because it's free ice cream (yes, free ice cream!) and they don't have their concessions stand ... read more

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Neuhauser Pharmacy does not have (a) a Bicycle Benefits sticker in the window, or (b) bike parking. But it /does/ have (c) friendly neighborhood pharmacists, (d) a post office inside that will s... read more

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Susan Hollingsworth Okay, we can't edit these -- but I swear that I can see a Bicycle Benefits sticker in the window in a blurry photograph tak... read more

My family has had the opportunity to hop in our bikes after finishing our work at home days. We’ve also used quarantine weekends to ride. We’ve ventured out and explored paths we’ve never ridden on... read more

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After two days of rain (0.95 in), we finally got a good day, 75 deg., light east winds, and mostly sunny. Nancy and I took advantage of it by heading out to Lake Farm County Park. After a short ... read more

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Living several hours from friends, family, and the place you called home most of your life is though in normal times. The social distancing and cancelled trips of the Coronavirus Era makes it even ... read more

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The Capitol City Trail (CCT) is an enjoyable result of conservation and recreation foresight, featuring a tour of the Nine Springs E-Way. This trail connects with the Southwest Path and other Madis... read more

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Cycling my children home in the dark on busy streets- and through a pitch black park- was a bit of a worry, so we added a lot of lights to the trailer! Now I've got two flashing rear lights on the ... read more

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Grantham Hospital has fenced off its staff bike shed today so I had no choice but to chain my bike to the fence. Note to managers we still bike in the winter!!

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Yes! It is getting darker so to carry on cycling through the winter I replaced my old lights with new light weight rechargeable LED ones. I loved them ~#lightthenight

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Cycling is so good for mental health. I am a patchy lazy cyclist who suffered during lockdown as I made bugger all effort to do anything (vicious lockdown mental health circle). I have now been ... read more

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When the pandemic threatened to cancel the nearly 10-year traditional fundraising ride of the North Central Rail Trail (or the Torrey C. Brown Trail, its official name) to the end of the Heritage R... read more

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As we enter the back end of the year the winter riding challenge comes at just the right moment. I have set myself a challenge of getting 2,500 miles in in 2020 and have give or take 422 to go whi... read more

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When I rode on November 14th the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was a brisk 58 with some wind. My riding buddy and I did a 13 mile loop around Columbia and enjoyed the beautiful Autu... read more

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We had had an unexpected visitor drop by for a cup of tea so we were very late starting our ride. However it was dry and we wanted some exercise. It was getting towards dusk and I wondered how ... read more

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Having tipped past 47 years old this time I was keen to make more of an effort to get back into cycling. I joined cycling September challenge, which not entirely successful due to illness did see m... read more

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To celebrate my husband's 80th birthday last month, the family helped us buy two new e-bikes. We've both ridden ordinary hybrid bikes for years and managed 25 miles fairly comfortably even in hilly... read more

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Ivan Lafayette What an inspiration! Keep doing what you're doing 'cause obviously you are doing it very well!!
Christine King Thank you!

I almost miss a suprise downpour on the way to work. Almost.

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I live in WSM. Not commuting right now as I'm WFH, but I head out for a 'virtual commute' ride or walk at the start/ end of work to break up the day. This is Brean Down, seen from Weston's wide, tr... read more

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Prior to cycling I would have gone out running with only an illuminace jacket on. However on the bike it is so important people see you and you can see them. This week I got my girls out on their b... read more

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It was my first day of 2 annual leave days where I opted for a random ride rather than just keep painting the fence 'Autumn Gold'. My usual riding mate could not join in due to work, so I planned r... read more

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A few years ago, I set out on a mission to do 120 km in one day, for the Strava Gran Fondo challenge. It was a grey day, a bit rainy, but at least it was warm. I stopped for lunch in Chester, and l... read more

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Ivan Lafayette Loved your story :DDDDDDD

Every day I cycle along Newcastle / Gateshead Quayside to and from work. The views are great, including: Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge (1849) - the world's first double decker bridge (tra... read more

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I always loved bikes and specifically cross-country (XC) which I trialed frequently back in Portugal where I come from, but XC is an expensive hobby, so mountain biking was my first option as a uni... read more

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December 2007 I started riding to work at a new job with Palmerston North City Council Parks. In the 13 years since I have probably gone by car no more than 20 times - car for service etc. Its been... read more

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I've been running on the new extension of the Jones Falls Trail for a while now, and have always been curious about the full length of the trail. I had a day off of work, and the weather was really... read more

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When my bestie had her first bike ride in years, we planned it so we could do a short ride to get dinner. It was a tough ride, and she had to get off and push a few times, but we made it to the res... read more

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I started riding again earlier this year to get fit and it worked! So much so i signed up for my first CX race on Halloween however like the rest of this year it took a turn for the worse and i fra... read more

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Makes you appreciate the warmth of your heating when you get back home a huge amount!

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“The Bicycle is Man’s Most Perfect Invention. The bicycle offers an unsurpassed combination of benefits including recreation, mental and physical health, stress relief, reduced traffic congestion, ... read more

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It’s been rare to cycle after dark recently, especially under lockdown. When things were open I was able to swim each evening; a perfect way to complement my cycling exercise. That’s not possible j... read more

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