08/06/10

LCI's needed for Fall Women's Clinics and RidesLCI's needed for Fall Women's Clinics and Rides

The Bike Walk Ambassador Program is organizing a series of women's clinics and rides for the fall. Below are dates and brief
descriptions of the rides. We're hoping to get a lot of female LCI
participation in these events. Our goal is to have at least two LCIs
per ride. We're trying to pair experienced LCIs with LCIs-in-
training. We already have some of our more experienced LCIs signed up to lead most of these clinics.

We're also talking with local bike shops to get a few women mechanics involved in some of the clinics.

If you're a new LCI, this is a great chance to teach two courses and
become a full LCI!

Here are the dates we need help. Please sign up by next Tuesday.

Tuesdays
8/31
9/7
9/14
9/21
9/28

Saturday
8/28
9/4
9/11
9/18
9/25
10/2


Please let me know if you can help with one or two (or more!) of these
events. I will be preparing course materials and routes, so there
will be minimal preparation necessary on your part. We'd like to
start promoting these events as soon as possible. Let me know if you
have any questions or suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Rose Ryan - rose.ryan@ci.minneapolis.mn.us


Tuesday Evening Rides:
Location: Downtown Minneapolis YWCA
5-9 mile ride following clinic
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
30 min - 1 hour clinic
1 hour ride

August 31
Clinic: Fix your own flat!

Bring your bike into the classroom! Local women bike mechanics will
walk you through every step of fixing a flat, from removing your wheel
to applying a patch.

Ride: Exploring Northeast by bike: 8.5 miles

Ride from Downtown to Nicollet Island, Boom Island Park, the Northeast Arts District, Central Avenue, and back to downtown. Learn some great shortcuts between Northeast's great places. We'll also
introduce upcoming bike paths and bike boulevards. We'll lead you
mostly on streets - a great opportunity to gain confidence in traffic!

September 7
Clinic: Bike fit and riding comfort

Bring your bike into the classroom! Local women bike shop staff will
help you adjust your bike for a comfortable ride. We'll discuss how
clothing, gear, and small bike adjustments can make a big difference
in your riding comfort.

Ride: Basset Creek and Theo Wirth parks and trails: 9 miles
We'll ride through some of the most beautiful parks in Minneapolis:
Basset Creek and Theodore Wirth Parks. This ride will be on a mix of
streets and trails.

September 14
Clinic: Cleaning and tuning up your bike

Bring your bike into the classroom! Local women bike mechanics will
teach you how to maintain your chain and brakes.

Ride: Uptown ice cream trail ride: 8 miles
We'll head to Uptown for a ride around Lake of the Isles. We'll stop
for ice cream at Sebastian Joe's before we return to Downtown. This
ride will be on a mix of streets and trails.

September 21
Clinic: Route Planning

Want to ride to work but don't know where to ride? We'll share bike
mapping resources and shortcuts to help you bike more!

Ride: Midtown culinary tour: 6.5 miles
Bring an empty stomach and empty shopping bag! We'll enjoy the
flavors of Lake Street and the Midtown Global Market. This ride is on
streets, the Midtown Greenway, and the Hiawatha LRT trail.

September 28
Clinic: Night and winter riding

Women bike shop staff will share tips and gear suggestions to help you ride in the cold and dark months.

Ride: Night ride: 7.5 miles
We'll ride along the Mississippi, catching the sunset and finding
great views of the night skyline. This ride will mostly be on trails.

Saturday morning brunch rides:
Location: Meet outside the Downtown YWCA
10-30 mile ride, depending on date and destination
Time: 9:30 - 12:30?

August 28
Ride: Minneapolis Farmer's Markets Tour: 11 miles
We'll ride Minneapolis streets and trails to visit the Midtown, Mill
City, and Northeast Farmer's Markets. Bring a shopping bag to carry
the season's finest produce.

September 4
Ride: Minneapolis Bakery Tour: 10-15 miles
We'll sample some of the finest breads, pastries, and donuts in
Minneapolis. Bakeries to be determined.

September 11
Ride: Fort Snelling and Big Rivers Trail: 15 miles
Bring your bike on the train! We'll meet at the Nicollet Mall light
rail stop and take the train to Fort Snelling. From there, we'll
explore the trails of Fort Snelling State Park and the Big Rivers
Regional Trail. We'll have a brunch picnic in Fort Snelling State
Park.

September 18
Ride: Cedar Lake and Luce Line Brunch Picnic: 18 miles
Join us for a brunch picnic at Medicine Lake Park. We'll ride the
Cedar Lake, Basset Creek, and Luce Line trails. Bring your own
brunch or pick something up along the way.

September 25
Ride: Mississippi Bridge Tour: 20 miles
We'll ride along the Mississippi River, crossing as many bridges as we can. Brunch stop to be determined.

October 2:
Ride: Grand Rounds: 20-35 miles
Celebrate Bike Walk Week with a fall tour of the Grand Rounds! Brunch stop to be determined. Join us for the full loop or take a shorter route.