Biking, Walking & Blogging: The Urban Bicycle Festival --A Grand Success!Biking, Walking & Blogging: The Urban Bicycle Festival --A Grand Success!

From Joan Pasiuk, Bike Walk Twin Cities Program Manager

Black people don’t bike?! Who says? That unfortunate myth was blown totally out of the water on July 17 at the Urban Bicycle Festival.  Hosted by the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, the first Urban Bicycle Festival was a grand success. Even the hot weather couldn’t diminish the crowd’s enthusiasm. The event was tied to Rondo Days, a premier gathering of the African American community held annually in St. Paul. This year the theme was Rondo Healthy Lifestyle 365: walk, run, roll, bike & recycle.

Bike Walk Twin Cities was proud to be a sponsor of the Urban Bicycle Festival. Folks of all ages visited our table and left with maps, reflective leg/arm bands, and lawn signs. Undoubtedly the energy was pumped to the max by the give-way of multiple bicycles every 30 minutes. Major Taylor of Minnesota joined with Major Taylor clubs across the country to distribute 50 new bicycles donated by a black bicycling group in Atlanta. Winners were thrilled with their new wheels.

Urban Bicycle Fest is a keeper on the local bicycle scene and we look forward to participating again. Kudos to the Major Taylor clubs for their organizing efforts!

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