Special events help folks learn about bicycling and walking opportunities

Every month through 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 and neighborhood bike tours.

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

Neighborhood Bicycle Tours

Saturday, June 16 – 10 a.m.
BF Nelson Park, Main St. NE & 5th Ave. NE

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.

Walking Wednesdays, 55+

Wednesday, June 20 - 10 a.m.
Venture North & Harrison Park(meet at Glenwood & Morgan Ave. N.)

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.

Saturday Family Safety Series

Saturday, June 16 – 9:30 a.m.
Folwell Park Recreation Center, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.

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.

Kidical Mass

Saturday, June 23 – 9 a.m.
North Side Connections (meet in front of Venture North Bike Walk Center, 1830 Glenwood Ave. N.)

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. This ride will include Wirth Parkway, Bassett’s Creek Parkway and the Sculpture Garden.

Bike Minneapolis, 55+

Wednesday, June 27 - 10 a.m.
Logan Park (meet at the Nice Ride station along Broadway)

Learn how to ride confidently, safely and enjoy bicycling as a lifetime activity. This bicycling class is for people 55+ community members will cover getting started, types of cycles, basic maintenance and upkeep, rules of the road and trip planning.

 

Published Jun 6, 2012