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, Aug. 2:  6 p.m.
Edgewater Park, 23rd Ave. NE & Marshall St. NE)

Tuesday, Aug. 7:  6 p.m.
Matthews Park, 27th Ave. S & E 24th St.

Saturday, Aug. 18:  10 a.m.
Near North (meet at Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee, 1830 Glenwood Ave. N)

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, Aug. 15:  10 a.m.
Northeast Library & Jackson Square (meet at Northeast Library, Central and 22nd Ave. NE)

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, Aug. 11:  9:30 a.m.
Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E 14th St.

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, Aug. 18:  9 a.m.
Mississippi River Ride (meet at Farview 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. 31, 2012