June Bike Walk Week --The Best Yet
Bike Walk Week, June 5-11th, saw a record number or participants hit the streets on bicycles or their own two feet. With participation up 34% and a larger schedule of events, it was the biggest Twin Cities Bike Walk Week to date! Many thanks to the sponsors that made the week possible --see full list below. Several businesses and organizations hosted celebration locations. For photos from the week, visit the Smart Trips Bike Walk Week web page or the Transit for Livable Communities flickr page.
More than 7,000 people registered to participate in Bike Walk Week, and more than 1,000 attended celebration locations. The Bike Walk Week web site had more than 8,000 visitors. Bike Walk events were also held in Duluth, Rochester, and St. Cloud.
Here is a recap of the week's activities:
Saturday, June 5: Twin Cities Heart Walk
More than 20,000 people from all across the Metro participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk at the new Minnesota Twins Target Field. Hundreds of participants registered at the Bike Walk Week table.
Sunday, June 6: Grand Old Day
Bike Walk Week participants and organizers were part of the Grand Old Day Parade, handing out bicycle lights. Volunteers also staffed a tent on the Ayd Mill Road that featured extra bike parking. Grand Old Day draws more than 200,000 visitors.
Tuesday, June 8: Beyond the Motor City
More than 200 people attended a screening of "Beyond the Motor City," a documentary about the future of transit in American cities, and watched a new City of Minneapolis bicycling PSA. After the film, there was a lively Q&A session with director Aaron Woolf and local bicycle business leaders and activists.
Wednesday, June 9: Women's Wednesday
A gathering of women at the Dunn Bros on E. Lake St. got a "tires on" lesson on how to ride a bicycle in city traffic. The group contained women of all different skill sets. Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, from the Bike Walk Ambassador Program, kicked the morning off with a quick safety lesson and helped lead the ride with several other Bike Walk Ambassadors. To find out more about the Bike Walk Ambassador program, click here.
Thursday, June 10: Bike Walk to Work Day
Bike Walk to Work Day featured celebration locations all over the region, including morning celebrations in downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout Anoka County, and evening celebrations at REI locations in Bloomignton, Roseville, and Maple Grove. At noon in Minneapolis, the Nice Ride Minnesota bike-sharing program officially launched with a group ride down Nicollet Mall.
One celebration location hosted by The Green Institute was featured on Fox 9 TV's morning show! View the story here. Several businesses and restaurants offered special deals on Bike Walk to Work Day ranging from Hoigaards to Keegan's Pub, Trotters Cafe to Polly's Coffee Cone --and many others. For a full list, please see this PDF.
Sunday, June 13: Bike to the Twins Game
More than 500 people rode their bicycles to the afternoon game between the Twins and Atlanta Braves --and were greeted with a gift bag sponsored by Optum Health. Volunteers helped usher cyclists to bike racks near the stadium and to a special bike corral in a nearby ramp.
The metro-area Bike Walk celebrations started as a "day" in 2007 and grew to a "week" in 2008. Now, in 2010, plans are taking shape to carry the energy of Bike Walk Week year-round with seasonal bike-walk weeks --one in the summer, one in the fall around International Bike Walk to School Day, and one in the winter around the St. Paul Winter Carnival! Stay tuned for more information about the next Bike Walk Week, during October 2-9. The October Bike Walk Week will feature a Bike Walk to School Day to include all ages in the activities.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Whole Foods Market
Gold Level Sponsors:
City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation
Dero Bike Racks
Java Train Cafe
Life Time Fitness
Minneapolis Statewide Health Improvement Program
The Travelers Companies
Silver Level Sponsors:
The Bad Waitress Diner & Spy House Coffee Shops
Erik's Bike Shop
Bronze Level Sponsors:
Great Harvest Bread Co - St. Paul
The Hub Bike Co-op
Live Green Apartments
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
See you on the streets/trails!
Bike Walk Week is a public, private, and nonprofit partnership between: Anoka County TMO, City of Minneapolis, City of St. Paul, Downtown Minneapolis TMO, 494 Commuter Services, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul Smart Trips, and Transit for Livable Communities/Bike Walk Twin Cities.