Tony Hartmann is a husband, father, solar energy developer and volunteer local politician; born, raised and (mostly) schooled in Dane County. Since returning to Wisconsin (in 2001) with his wife to raise children, he has been a clean energy entrepreneur, researcher, and an ever more avid biker.
Tony’s been on a road bike for more than 50 years, mostly for transportation, but in recent years more for the mental and physical health benefits. In the past 10 years he’s become a big fan of trail riding (mountain biking), participating in a number of competitive events, and ‘running with’ a fast/local crowd of 40-somethings.
Steve Arnold served as Mayor of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, from 2015 to 2017, after representing district 4 on the Common Council for ten years. While on the Council, he served on Fitchburg’s Transportation and Transit Commission for ten years and its Resource Conservation Commission for eight years. As mayor, he chaired Fitchburg’s Plan Commission and Board of Public Works, and was a Commissioner on the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. He was a professor of ecology and an information technology consultant before retiring (except for public service) in 2013.
While on the Fitchburg Common Council, Steve Championed Fitchburg’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (2008). He introduced the SmartCode, an open-source zoning and development code for traditional neighborhoods and walkable urban centers, to the city, which was adopted in 2010. Fitchburg later adopted the world’s first SmartCode Bicycle module, extending the SmartCode to specify bicycle thoroughfares and facilities. Steve championed many of Fitchburg’s bicycle-friendly features, and he submitted the city’s Bicycle Friendly Community application in 2015, which resulted in Silver level recognition. Steve is a Director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and a member of the League of American Bicyclists, MadCity Velo Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Night Riders. Steve was a year-around bicycle commuter from 2007 until his retirement in 2012.
Born and schooled in the northeastern United States, Steve has been married to Nancy Arnold since 1972. They moved to Dane County in 1983 and Fitchburg in 1994. They have two daughters and five grandchildren, all living in Wisconsin. Steve also serves on the boards of directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism Wisconsin Chapter and All Aboard Wisconsin. In their free time, Steve and Nancy enjoy time with family, gardening, kayaking, and, of course, bicycling.
Started biking at age 7, still biking (triking) at 77. Primarily for local trips (Groceries, Beer, Appointments). Regularly volunteer at local charity rides and events. Served on Mayor’s ad/hoc bike/pedestrian committee. Active in local bike politics. Member BBC and Wisconsin Bike Fed.
Darryl is a Southside Madison resident who frequently loops into Fitchburg while riding one bike or another, usually a recumbent bike or trike. Not only are recumbents comfortable they also lend themselves to unusual designs and adaptations, much like planning bike ways, routes, and facilities around the City of Fitchburg.
I have been an avid bicyclist since doing my first weeklong ride at age 17 (SAAGBRAW). I was hooked on biking! (I also did 25 GRABAAWR rides, THANK YOU BILL HAUDA!) I grew up in the city of South Milwaukee (not to be confused with the south side of Milwaukee). The biking there was pretty flat and I couldn’t go east because I would run into Lake Michigan! I moved to Fitchburg 30 years ago, and a big part of my decision to move to this area was because of the bicycling opportunities! The Madison area has grown a lot and some of the sleepy country roads are no longer sleepy, but the bike trails have more than made up for it… biking around town and getting me far enough out to safer sleepier country roads!
Professionally, I am a graphic artist and have tied my love for graphic art with the love of biking by designing bicycle jerseys, web sites, logos, T-shirts and colorful lycra clothing for bikers and biking events. My husband and I also organize our own ride which is a fundraiser for MS called Pedal and Party in Pardeeville with a Purpose. www.pedalandparty.com
Thad is the owner and pharmacist at Fitchburg Family Pharmacy. His love for cycling, led him to start doing medicine deliveries on his bike, which resulted in him being dubbed the #cyclingpharmacist. When he is not working or cycling with the his fellow 5 AM cycling group, you can find him hanging out with wife Michelle and their 4 children. “We are fortunate to live in such a cycling rich environment, we need to let the secret out to everyone who lives here.”, says Thad. He promotes a riding group through the pharmacy called, the Pill Peddlers, the group ranges from riders in their teens to riders in their 70’s, Thad feels it is important to have fun, build relationships, and gain fitness while riding bikes and that no one should be left behind.
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