A cattier, snarkier, bloggier item might use the occasion of a Monday morning meeting with both Lisa Subeck and Ald. Brenda Konkel in attendance to call people's attention to the duo's recent dust-up on The Daily Page Forum.
But I'd rather use this space to call attention to Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's involvement with Bike to Work Week. I was listening, regrettably, to WIBA this morning when Mitch Henck briefly ranted about how he thinks the mayor ought to be spending time on solving Verona Road congestion or planning a northside beltline or something instead of encouraging people to ride their bikes to work.
Why would anyone who is concerned about congestion be opposed to biking to work? Wouldn't congestion be lessened if more people rode their bikes to work each day instead of driving their cars? Eagerly pursuing the road projects Henck listed will cost millions, yet taking a little time to encourage alternative transportation is essentially free.
It's time for Henck and others who are constantly preaching fiscal responsibility from government to realize that a lot of environmental initiatives help the bottom line as much as the quality of our air and health of our fellow citizens.
MAYOR CIESLEWICZ WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Monday, May 14, 2007
10:00 a.m. Bike to Work Week news conference, top of State Street in front of Historical Society Museum
10:30 a.m. Policy staff meeting
11:00 a.m. Marilyn Feil, Lisa Subeck, Cynthia Travis, Heidi Wegleitner, Ald. Brenda Konkel, and Enis Ragland
2:00 p.m. Jim Hess quarterly meeting
5:30 p.m. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Founders Day event, Hilton Milwaukee
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
8:00 a.m. Speak at Downtown Madison, Inc. Board of Directors meeting (615 E. Washington Avenue)
9:00 a.m. Chief Noble Wray monthly meeting
10:30 a.m. Mayor's Management Team meeting
1:30 p.m. Christine Beatty quarterly meeting
2:30 p.m. Steve Braunginn, Enis Ragland, and Rebecca Cnare
3:30 p.m. Mark Olinger monthly meeting
6:30 p.m. Common Council meeting (CCB 201)
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
9:00 a.m. Welcome at New Employee Training (Warner Park)
10:00 a.m. Rotary GSE visitors from France (Mayor's Conf. Room)
10:30 a.m. Staff meeting
2:00 p.m. Dean Brasser, Deb Simon, Andrew Statz, Janet Piraino, and George Twigg
2:30 p.m. Allied Staff Team meeting (MMB 260)
4:00 p.m. Ald. Brian Solomon and Enis Ragland
5:00 p.m. UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley reception for LaMarr Billups (Pyle Center)
7:00 p.m. Welcome at Online News Association regional conference reception (The Madison Club)
7:30 p.m. Overture Center 2007/2008 Season Preview Party (Overture Center)
Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20, 2007