Dave Cieslewicz, who advocated aggressively for bicycling in his two terms as mayor of Madison, has been named the new executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.
Cieslewicz will climb into the saddle on Oct. 7, replacing Kevin Hardman, who led the organization for 4 1/2 years.
During his tenure as mayor, from 2003 to 2011, Cieslewicz created the Platinum Bike Committee to put forward a plan for Madison to become the best city in the country for bicycling. He allocated roughly $10 million a year in capital spending on bike and pedestrian projects and supported the launch of a bike sharing system in the city. Madison has consistently ranked among the top 10 cities in the country for bicycling.
One of the co-founders of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Cieslewicz continued his advocacy for better cities through biking after he lost a re-election bid to Paul Soglin in 2011. He taught an undergrad course, “Bikes, Pedestrians & Cities” at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and advised organizations on community development and urban bicycling issues.