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Mayor leads bike ride through south side of La Crosse

Brad Williams

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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.