The following email was recently sent out by Heather Fortune, advocacy director for Saris cycling Group, maker of bike racks and bike trainers, in Madison, Wisconsin:

"Next Tuesday, May 13, we are holding a briefing for legislators at the state capitol on the economic and health benefits of bicycling in Wisconsin. Due to the loss of funding, many bicycle infrastructure projects will not be funded.

"We have lost support for vital programs like Safe Routes to School, which directly effects the health of our youth. Bicycling is a $1.5 billion industry in Wisconsin, bringing over 13,200 jobs to our state and $535 million in tourism from out-of-state visitors here for bicycling. It is essential for us to re-educate our legislators on the importance of cycling to Wisconsin's health and economy.

"Take a few minutes today to call and email your legislator and tell them bicycling is important to you and your district and you want them to attend this briefing on May 13. You can look up your legislators and find their phone numbers here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/pages/waml.aspx.

"Please forward this on to your friends and family. The more voters our legislators hear from the more likely they are to attend this important event for Wisconsin cycling."