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 (MDHFS) 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. This is a re-issuance of a previous RFP for a North Minneapolis Bike Walk Center that was released in September 2010; the new RFP contains important modifications.

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 Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Eligible applicants are for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, or governmental agencies; however the grant funding may only be used to fund the creation of a Bike Walk Center that operates as a not-for-profit entity.  MDHFS will accept collaborative responses to this RFP from a team of organizations. 

Support for this project comes from the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support as part of its Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) 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 Feb 16, 2011