Morning Update: Wednesday, Nov. 3

Maps on maps on maps

Happy Wednesday, Madison.

Today is the first day of the city's Be Bright at Night Campaign, which aims to encourage safety among pedestrians and bikers and lower barriers to accessing bike lights. Pretty neat!

This is the second year the city has run the campaign. It's put on by the City of Madison Traffic Engineering along with Madison Public Libraries and provides free lights and reflective armbands for walkers and bikers. (While supplies last.) City data shows more than 60% of serious and fatal pedestrian crashes and 15% of serious and fatal bike crashes happen after dark, meaning proper lighting gear can literally mean the difference between life and death (and don't forget your helmet, either).

So, again, starting today and running through the month of November (HOW is it already November?!?!), walk or bike over to any Madison Public Library to pick up some gear and stay safe as the days get shorter and the dark, cold grasp of winter lurks just around the corner.

— Hayley

💉 Wisconsin health institutions are gearing up to get kids vaccinated against COVID-19.

🗳️ The People's Maps Commission unveiled their proposed state voting districts with Gov. Evers' approval behind them.

From left to right, here are the People's Maps Commission's proposed outlines for Assembly, Senate, and Congressional districts.

✅ Speaking of maps, the Madison City Council approved new aldermanic districts.

  • The council unanimously approved new boundaries for the 20 districts, which could make for some interesting races, come 2023 when City Council seats are up for election. The State Journal reports the new district and ward lines take effect Jan. 1 and council members will represent their newly defined districts — regardless of where they live — until the next election.

🏀 The Bucks shook off a slow start to beat the Detroit Pistons.

  • Milwaukee's golden boys needed to snap out of a three-game losing streak and finally got their chance last night. The Bucks managed a comfortable 117-89 win, even with Khris Middleton out of the game after testing positive for COVID-19.

🏘️ The city is actually moving pretty quickly on constructing its first sanctioned homeless encampment.

😋 Five Madison-area businesses are up for the national Good Food Awards.

  • From Madison Magazine: "Products from NessAlla Kombucha, Underground Meats, Uplands Cheese, Quince and Apple, and JBC Coffee Roasters are among the 351 products representing 42 states that made it to the finals out of nearly 2,000 entries to the contest this year."
  • The award recognizes companies with "responsible practices and superior taste." Winners will be announced in January.

🗑️ The Dane County landfill is getting full.

  • Dane County Waste Management says their landfill will reach its capacity by 2030 and is proposing to address the issue by purchasing 18 of the 36 holes of the publicly owned Yahara Hills Golf Course.
  • The first phase of the project is estimated to cost $32 million and Channel 3000 reports it could take up to eight years to complete. Dane County’s Waste Management director John Welch says the space wouldn't just be a landfill, but a "state of the art waste management facility."

🌞 Your lunchtime read: Amid utilities’ resistance, Wisconsin proposal would clear barrier for third-party rooftop solar.

  • From Wisconsin Watch: "Wisconsin is the only state where third-party solar ownership has been blocked, advocates say. Legal uncertainty has prevented property owners from using the financing model."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.8%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.

NEW: Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.

📅 Events: Wednesday, Nov. 3