Bike and Stroll Minneapolis events open to kids of all ages

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 August, visit Bike and Stroll Minneapolis, call 612-333-3410 or email bikewalk@minneapolismn.gov.

Neighborhood Bicycle Tours

Thursday, July 12 – 6 p.m.
Elliot Park (meet at 9th Avenue South & 8th Street South)

Saturday, July 28 - 10 a.m.
Audubon Park (meet at Filmore Street Northeast & 29th Avenue Northeast)

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.

Walking Wednesdays 55+

Wednesday, July 11 - 10 a.m. (Nothing scheduled on July 4 Holiday)
BF Nelson, Boom and Nicollet Islands (meet at BF Nelson Park, Main and Marshall Street Northeast)

Wednesday, July 18 - 10 a.m.
Diamond Lake (meet at Todd Park, East 56th Street and Chicago Avenue South)

These strolls are designed to offer an easy, pleasant social walking experience and give you the confidence to consider walking as a transportation option. The health benefits of walking are numerous including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Take a comfortable and gradual approach. Walking with other 55+ strollers provides the added benefits of a valuable support network and new friendships.

Family Safety Class

Saturday, July 14 – 9:30 a.m.
Longfellow Park Recreation Center, 3435 36th Ave. S.

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, July 21 – 9 a.m.
Bracket Park & Dowling Gardens (Meet at Bracket Park)

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.

 

Published Jul. 5, 2012