With the spring weather finally hitting Minneapolis, it’s time to break out the dusty bike, pump up the tires or dig out those walking shoes and get involved in Twin Cities Bike Walk Week, May 10–16. Bike Walk Week encourages people to bike or walk instead of driving at least once during the week, and to make it a habit in the future.
Last year about 2,500 people registered to participate in Bike Walk Week across the Twin Cities and organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year. Southwest came in second for the most participants with 127 people in 2008.
Area businesses, schools and places of worship, among other organizations, are planning on participating.
Bike Walk Week 2008 also included an event called the Great Commuter Challenge, a race from St. Paul to Minneapolis using different methods of transportation. Mayor R.T. Rybak biked, while Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter walked and rode public transit and Star Tribune reporter Jim Foti drove. Rybak was the winner, followed by Carter, then Foti.
This year there will be bike walk celebrations across the Twin Cities, with free food and drinks and a chance at prizes for participants who register online. Prizes include gift certificates to bike repair shops and restaurants, biking gear and bicycles.
Local restaurants will also be offering specials for Bike Walk participants on May 14 (Bike Walk to Work Day), such as discounts or free food and drinks and happy hour specials.
Participating in Bike Walk Week 2009 fulfills Metro Transit’s Commuter Challenge, encouraging people to find new ways to commute to work. Register on the Commuter Challenge website, www.dontlosethechallenge.com, to be eligible for prizes from Metro Transit.
Check out the rest of the events planned for Bike Walk Week 2009 and see how to get involved:
Bike Walk Office Teams
Office teams can register online for Bike Walk to Work Day on May 14. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest percentage of employees who participate.
Bike Walk Bus Day
Biking or walking groups will take a designated route and stop at certain times, just like a bus would. Many of the groups will finish at a Bike Walk Week celebration. Check online for maps of “bus” routes.
Bike Walk free tickets to the Twins game
The first 100 people who arrive on a bike or who come with an “I walked” or “I biked” sticker will get free tickets to the game on May 14 at noon.
The Downtown YMCA will offer free showers to people who have an “I walked” or “I biked” sticker on May 14 at the Downtown Minneapolis YMCA, 30 S 9th St.
Linden Hills Bike Walk Breakfast
The Linden Hills Co-op, 2813 W. 43rd St., will offer free breakfast treats on Bike Walk to Work Day, including Fair Trade coffee, fruit, juice and cereal. The event will be 7 a.m.–9 a.m.
Bike Walk Week celebration
A party for participants will be held at the Hennepin Count Government Center’s North Plaza on Thursday, May 14 from 6:30 a.m.–9 a.m.
For more information and to register to participate, visit www.bikewalkweek.org.