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Making Connections in La Crosse: May 30, 2024

Updated: May 15

1000 Friends of Wisconsin and AARP Wisconsin are excited to invite you to "Making Connections in La Crosse" on Thursday, May 30 for a day of events focused on equitable transportation and street safety. RSVP here.

Join us for any or all of the following activities!

9am-12noon | Ride with the Mayor

Location: Meet in City Hall parking lot/north entrance (NOTE: no RSVP is required for Ride with the Mayor)

Ride With the Mayor is an organized tour of new improvements -- and future challenges -- in the city. Supported by the City of La Crosse Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the event is for staff, elected officials, local advocates, members of the press and anyone with a bicycle who wants to explore the city together. Routes alternate between north and south side: this time, River Point, 2nd Street and Powell-Pogue Hamilton. Bring your bike and expect to ride two hours or so at an easy pace with frequent stops.

2-4:30pm | Appetizer reception and local project highlights

Location: Health Sciences Center Room 2030, UW La Crosse

Join staff from 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and AARP Wisconsin along with city and county staff, local elected officials, and alumni of the Community Transportation Academy for a fun, informal reception followed by panel discussions and presentations on local projects and opportunities for engagement!


  • Erin Duffer, LAPC

  • Lewis Kuhlman, City of La Crosse Sustainability Planner

  • Jennifer Trost, La Crosse City Council

  • Tamra Dickinson, La Crosse City Council

  • Andrew Ericson, UW La Crosse Sustainability Coordinator

  • Susan Gaeddert, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin

  • Darrin Wasniewski, AARP Wisconsin

5:30-7:30pm | The Street Project documentary & panel discussion

Location: Rivoli Theater | 117 North 4th Street, La Crosse

The Street Project is a documentary by the award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Boyd about the global, citizen-led fight to make our streets safer. The film will be followed by an open Q&A.


  • Liz Fryseth, Community Advocate

  • Brittney Hodson, Community Advocate

  • James Longhurst, Environmental Historian

  • Jeff Nylander, Community Advocate

  • Larry Sleznikow, La Crosse City Council

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