City seeks proposals for new bike walk center in north Minneapolis

As part of its efforts to increase access to physical activity in communities throughout the city, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to  operate a new bike walk center in north Minneapolis. The goal of the project is to improve bicycling and walking infrastructure to enable a culture that supports biking and walking for transportation and recreation in north Minneapolis. Up to $350,000 is available for the development and operation of this center.

The new bike walk center will sell bicycles, bicycle-related products, pedestrian goods (reusable shopping bags, compact grocery carts, umbrellas, transit passes and other accessories) and provide bike repair and maintenance services. The bike walk center will also include programming and resources to encourage residents to bike and walk for transportation and recreation.

Potential operators of the bike walk center are invited to submit proposals by no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-proposal conference on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 3 4 p.m. at the North Regional Library Meeting Room, 1315 Lowry Ave. N. For-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations and governmental agencies are eligible to apply. Visit the Health Department RFP website to apply and for additional information about the RFP.

Support for this project comes from the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support as part of its Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Published Sep. 21, 2010