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Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike Month, but the biggest day during this month-long observation is Bike to Work Day. Friday, May 19, people are encouraged to bicycle to work.

Did you know?
40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.


Before you set out on your bicycle, it’s important to remember that a bicycle isn’t a toy, it’s a vehicle which means riding safely should be a priority. Here are some bicycle safety tips.

  • Wear a Helmet : Helmets save lives, plain and simple. Every rider should wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet
  • Check Your Equipment : Make sure the tires are properly inflated and the brakes work. Have your bike adjusted to fit you. 
  • Be Visible : Wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors so you’re easy to spot. Always remember that just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean he or she can see you. 
  • Stay Alert And Be Aware : Always be on the lookout for obstacles and road hazards. Don’t listen to music or talk on the phone while riding. 
  • Act Like a Car : Obey traffic laws and lights. Follow appropriate traffic patterns. Be sure to use hand signals to let others know where you’re going.
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Help Spread the Word About Stuttering

Stuttering Awareness Week is May 8-14 More than 70 million people worldwide stutter. That’s about 1% of the total world population and over 3 million people in the US alone. Stuttering is a communication disorder that affects the fluency of speech. It’s characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds or what are otherwise called disfluencies. These can be repetitions (li-li-like this), ... Read More »

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Beware of Look Alike Apps

It seems like everyone uses apps these days, and it’s hard not to with how popular smartphones and tablets have become. There is an app for everything or just about, Apps can make the programs they represent simpler and more user-friendly, so the first thing most people do when they get a shiny, new smart device is download their favorite apps. But consumers need to exercise caution when trying out new apps ... Read More »

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Great Lakes, Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin

  We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival. The Great Lakes region is home to one of the largest freshwater resources on the planet. That water shaped the landscape, history, and communities of our state. The Wisconsin Historical Society's traveling display "Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin" explores our state's ... Read More »

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1st Annual Project Rainway Barrel Auction

To raise awareness of water as a limited natural resource, the New Berlin Public Library partnered with the Waukesha County Green Team and invited artists, students, and community members to create rain barrel masterpieces to be put up for auction! Want to participate? It’s easy! The bidding begins at our preview night on Friday, May 12th from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will be able to meet the artists at this ... Read More »

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