Biking, Walking, & Blogging: Bike Walk Ambassador 2011 HighlightsBiking, Walking, & Blogging: Bike Walk Ambassador 2011 Highlights

The Bike Walk Ambassador Program continued its successful work with schools, workplaces, higher education institutions and community outreach in 2011. Some highlights of our year include:


  • Coordinated community celebrations and grand openings for new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects; RiverLake Greenway, Bryant Avenue Bike Boulevard, University of Minnesota Bike Center, Downtown Bikeways, 5th St & 22nd Avenue Northeast Bicycle Boulevards, Emerson & Fremont Bike Lanes, and 1st & Blaisdell Bike Lanes.


  • Minneapolis hosted the National Safe Routes to School Conference in August. Ambassadors lead three workshops at the conference - two interactive trainings on Bike Rodeos and one mobile workshop that highlighted school/community partnerships along the Midtown Greenway.


  • Six courses were offered to City of Minneapolis employees. Topics included bicycle maintenance, biking with traffic and how to use Nice Ride.


  • Ambassadors led a City Council Study session to highlight recent bicycle and pedestrian program accomplishments and expected new projects for 2011. Council members used Nice Ride and personal bikes to tour the new Cedar Lake Trail extension.


  • Piloted the Behind the Big Wheels public safety demonstration to familiarize bicyclists and motorists with some of the unique hazards associated with large commercial vehicles.


  • Developed bicycle awareness training for commercial vehicle drivers and piloted with Donnelly Stucco in South Minneapolis.


  • Bike Walk Weeks- Spring Bike Walk Week showed a 30% growth and International Walk 'and bike' to School Day was a huge success again this year with over 6,500 reported participants around the Twin Cities in October.


  • Attended Farmers Markets to pass out bicycling and walking safety information, maps and provide bike safety checks. Ambassadors fixed up bicycles at the new West Broadway Farmers Market in North Minneapolis on four weekends throughout the summer.


The Bike Walk Ambassadors offer many thanks to the great Minneapolis & St. Paul non-motorized transportation community and our many organizational partners without whom we would not have been able to reach as many people, nor enjoyed 2011 as much as we have.


Happy New Year!