Thousands participate in Bike Walk Week

Thousands of Twin Cities-area residents have pledged to take part in Bike Walk Week and more are signing up each hour.

The weeklong celebration of alternatives to motorized transit started May 12 and ends May 18. It was highlighted today with early morning celebrations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka for Bike Walk to Work Day.

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 2,300 people had signed up to walk or bike during the week, according to the Bike Walk Week website.

Several commuter-related events are still planned before the week is through.
Here’s some of what’s up next:


Hoigaard’s in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center, 5425 Excelsior Blvd., will host a bike maintenance workshop at 7 p.m. Participants will receive 15 percent off parts and services tonight only.


The Freewheel Midtown Bike Center on the Midtown Greenway between Chicago and 10th avenues will have its grand opening at 7 a.m. The center will rent and repair bikes and provide bathrooms, showers and other services.


The Hiawatha Bicycling Club will offer bike safety workshop at 9:45 a.m. and will lead a tour of safe bike routes in the area afterward.
All local REI stores will offer open house events from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to discuss how to make commuting by bike part of your life.