Bike Walk Week offers opportunity to put some fun into daily commute
Bike Walk Week organizers are encouraging you to put some fun into your commuting or errand-running routine by replacing at least one car trip with biking or walking during Bike Walk Week, June 2 – 10
Bike Walk Week is about transportation that’s fun, healthy, environmentally friendly and affordable. Participants quickly see the advantages of getting around without a car, including better health and less money spent on gas, parking and car maintenance.
Last year more than 10,000 people took the Bike Walk Week pledge, choosing active transportation over car travel. Whether you’re trying out active way commuting for the first time or you already bike or walk for transportation, be sure to sign up and be counted! To take the bike/walk pledge, visit www.bikewalkweek.org/joinup.
If you don’t want to walk or bike all the way to work, you can combine walking or biking with bus or train riding. Walkers can get off the bus or train at an earlier stop. Bicyclists can take advantage of the bike racks on trains and buses and bike part of the way to work. Or, ride the bus or train to work and then bike home at a leisurely pace.
If you want to try placing a bike on a bus rack, visit the Commuter Connection in the south tower of the U.S. Bank building. The skyway level shop has a bicycle and bus bike rack so you can practice placing a bike on a bus rack. The Commuter Connection also offers free bicycling maps and personalized trip planning. The Commuter Connection is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Bike Walk to Work Day is June 7
If you’ve ever thought about biking or walking to work, Bike Walk Day is a great day to give it a try. Then stop by the Bike Walk to Work Day celebration to enjoy performances and free snacks, talk with vendors and witness the national unveiling of the new bicycling “forever” postage stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.
- Thursday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Bike Walk Week Events
Here is a listing of Bike Walk Week events. For more information about any of these events or to register for prize drawings, visit www.bikewalkweek.org.
Saturday, June 2:
- Tour de Cure at Minnehaha Falls.
- Northeast Ride in Northeast Minneapolis.
- Confident Cycling at Freewheel Midtown.
- Bike Walk Jingle Contest at Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.
- Bike Walk Parade & Rodeo at Hamline Midway Heartwood Festival.
Sunday, June 3:
- Grand Old Day Parade & Booth on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.
Monday, June 4:
- Meet Your Trail Watch at Midtown Greenway.
Tuesday, June 5:
- Tiny Trip Tuesday in Macalester Groveland.
- Tiny Trip Tuesday in Northeast Minneapolis.
Wednesday, June 6:
- Women’s Wednesday in downtown Minneapolis.
Thursday, June 7:
- Bike/Walk to Work Day celebrations at the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis, Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, REI in Bloomington and at the Anoka County Highway Department.
Saturday, June 9:
- Yoga on the Greenway at Midtown Greenway.
- Confident Cycling at Hub Bike Center, University of Minnesota.
- Midtown Greenway Coalition’s Greenway Glow.
Sunday, June 10:
- Open Streets on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis.
- Bike to the Saints Game.
Published May. 23, 2012