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Mayor leads bike ride through south side of La Crosse

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Bike riders follow Mayor Tim Kabat on a south La Crosse tour which started at the Green Island ice arena

Bicyclists in La Crosse got a chance Tuesday to ride with Mayor Tim Kabat, and see changes that have been made to encourage two-wheel travel in the city. 

The Wisconsin Bike Fed’ group organized a tour of bike-friendly areas around the south side of La Crosse to help reduce dependence on cars.

Kabat said he enjoys the yearly bike ride with citizens, partly because he gets to hear directly from them about concerns they have with City Hall.

The mayor told the bicycling group that 15 percent of all commuting in La Crosse is done on bikes.

The city is also promoting an Open Streets event downtown this Sunday. 

That’s when a four-block section of Main Street will be closed to motor vehicles so people can bike or walk in the street, and even take part in games and other activities.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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