September 17, 2010 11:07 AM
The other day I got a very nice note from a visitor to our city from Canada. The message it drives home is that investing in good and safe biking facilities is an economic development tool because it helps promote the city to visitors from everywhere. But the note speaks well not just of city of Madison government but also of Madisonians. So, I thought I'd put you in a good frame of mind for the weekend by sharing it with you in its entirety.
"We just returned home from the Ironman weekend in Madison and I wanted to tell you how much of an impression your city made on us. It was such a positive experience all round - the buildings, the downtown, the people, the market, the thousands of volunteers and fans - everything! We loved the event and the organization and were also so impressed by the obvious effort that has gone into making Madison a bike safe city for everyone. I don't think we've seen anything like it since visiting Europe and it was incredible. Our city has been pressured for years to create more bike lanes and although there has been some advancement, we're lucky if what we get is more than three feet wide and/or last longer than a few blocks. So needless to say we were amazed by just how good bike lanes can actually be!
"Sadly our visit wasn't long enough but we're both looking forward to coming again someday soon. Thanks so much for offering your wonderful city for the Ironman event - it was our best experience yet!
All the best,
Susan and Glen Bannon
Halifax, Nova Scotia