Spring’s a good time to explore the bicycling boom on the North Side

Residents of north Minneapolis have better access to biking and walking resources this spring than ever before. Last fall, Venture North Bike Walk and Coffee became the first bike shop on the North Side. Celebrate spring by stopping by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24. Visitors can take a free basic bike tune-up class and check out the biking and pedestrian amenities. Venture North is a bike walk center and coffee shop, especially oriented toward serving the needs of those who are getting into bicycling or walking for the first time or getting back into it after some time.

Community members will be able to take classes at Venture North on bike maintenance, safety and healthy living, as well as join biking, walking and running clubs hosted by the store. Venture North is also providing a unique employment and training program for north Minneapolis youths, including a mechanic training program for young adults. Venture North is located at 1830 Glenwood Ave. N.

In addition to the bike walk center, biking became easier on the North Side with the opening of bike lanes last fall on Emerson Avenue North and Fremont Avenue North (parallel one-way streets) between Plymouth Avenue and 33rd Avenue North. New bike lane designations have also been added to Seventh Street North, from Plymouth Avenue North into downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis is a city for active lifestyles, walking and biking, and the City of Minneapolis provided funding to Redeemer Center for Life, a local nonprofit organization, to start Venture North as a way to improve access for affordable physical activity opportunities among north Minneapolis residents. The center was partially funded by the City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support through its Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The City of Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support works to promote health equity in Minneapolis and meet the unique needs of our urban population by providing leadership and fostering partnerships. The City of Minneapolis supports programs that make healthy choices easy and economical for all residents. These strategies reach toward the City’s goals of an eco-focused city and livable communities, healthy lives.

Published Mar 22, 2012