Bike with the powerful

Not brave enough to attempt bicycling downtown alone?

You can join forces with Mayor Rybak, Councilmember Dan Niziolek and others when they celebrate B-BOP (Bike, Bus or Pool to Work) day on Thursday, May 16.

B-BOP is an annual event to promote commuting alternatives, although Minneapolis appears to need less convincing than other places. A recently published 2000 Census Supplemental Survey ranked the city tops in the country for bicycle commuting; an estimated average of 5,366 people ride to work each day on a bike in Minneapolis, according to information provided by the B-BOP organization.

The mayor will gather with others at 7:00 a.m. at the northeast corner of Lake Harriet; the group will meander downtown via Bryant and 36th (7:15 a.m.) and Bryant and the Midtown Greenway (7:30 a.m.). Bicyclists can join up at any of the timed points. There is another organized bike ride following Cedar Trail; those interested should meet at 7:15 a.m. at Cedar Lake Trail and Ewing Ave. The two groups, along with a third group coming in along the river, will converge for a celebration at 8th and Nicollet at 8 a.m.

For more information on the planned routes or B-BOP, call 370-3987 or visit