Special events help folks learn about bicycling and walking opportunities

Every month through the end of August, the Minneapolis Bicycling and Pedestrian Program is hosting free events aimed at helping folks of all ages find new ways to enjoy Minneapolis’ many bicycling and walking opportunities.

Programs are led by staff from the City of Minneapolis’ Bike Walk Ambassador and are designed to meet a wide range of needs and interests. Programs include social walking groups, family bike rides, safety clinics, neighborhood bike tours and bike maintenance classes.

Information about the programs offered in in the next few weeks is listed below. For dates of programs offered from May through August, visit Bike and Stroll Minneapolis, call 612-333-3410 or email bikewalk@minneapolismn.gov.

Stroll Minneapolis, 55+

Wednesday, April 18 - 10 a.m.
Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach, 50th & Woodlawn Blvd

Walking Wednesday strolls offer a 1½ to 2 mile social walking experience designed to give participants the confidence to consider walking as a transportation option. Strolls are offered at various locations on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Basic Bike Maintenance

Thursday, April 19 – 6 p.m.
Folwell Park Rec Center, 1615 Dowling Ave N

Keeping your bike working isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little know-how and occasional grimy hands. This class discusses tire inflation, brake adjustment, cleaning and lubricating a bike chain, and how to change a tire tube. Participants will receive free inner tube patch kits.

Kidical Mass

Saturday, April 21 – 9 a.m.
Leaves from Lyndale Farmstead parking lot and rides the bicycle boulevard along East 40th St, stopping at three parks along the way.

To celebrate the growing presence of kids and families on bikes, rides to family-friendly destinations are offered at different parks around the city. Rides are typically three miles at a 5 - 6 mph pace on quiet residential streets. The ride is paced to travel as fast as its slowest riders. Helmets are required.

Saturday Family Safety Series

Saturday, May 12 – 9:30 a.m.
Windom Recreation Center, 2251 Hayes St NE

This clinic will teach adults and kids how to make sure their bikes are in working order, identify possible mechanical problems and make simple repairs. Once your bike is ready to ride, participants will go on a short ride. Helmets are required for all Family Safety Series riders.

Neighborhood Bicycle Tours

Tuesday, May 8 – 6 p.m.
Todd Park, Chicago Ave S & E 56th St

Do you want to get out and ride, but you don’t feel comfortable sharing the road with cars? This class will teach you about finding a route, planning trips and riding safely and comfortably with traffic. We will ride some of Minneapolis’ great bikeways and make stops at bike-friendly businesses. All rides are easy-paced; please bring bike lights for the 6 p.m. class.

 

Published Apr 12, 2012