Cycling Related News

I’ve got important updates from The City of Minneapolis-

Several bicycle-related items of interest will occur next week, during the Republican National Convention:

  • Humana, a Louisville-based HMO, and Bikes Belong, a national bicycle advocacy organization, are bringing a temporary bike share program to Minneapolis and St. Paul. 1,000 bicycles will be available for public use during the RNC, from September 1st – 4th. You can pre-register now to use a bicycle. Visit the freewheelinwaytogo.com website to learn more. Volunteers are also needed (pdf) to make the program a success. On a related note, Minneapolis is developing a long-term bike share program, to be launched in May of 2009. Visit the www.twincitiesbikeshare.com website to learn more.
  • Temporary bicycle racks have been set up around downtown, to handle the increased numbers of bicyclists expected during the RNC. These racks will be in place until Thursday, September 4th. View a map of the RNC temporary bike racks (pdf) to see where the racks are located. Those who travel downtown are encouraged to bicycle in order to avoid traffic delays.
  • On Tuesday, September 2nd, Mayor Rybak will lead a bicycle ride to highlight our active community to the nation, as part of the “More to Tri” event. Join him on the 3-mile riverfront route at 6:30 am. Pre-registration and same day registration is available.
  • Call For Volunteers

    On Tuesday, September 9th, and Wednesday, September 10th Minneapolis Public Works will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts, and we need your help! Volunteers will be asked to count the number of cyclists and pedestrians at several locations around Minneapolis, in 2-hour shifts around the clock. We are in need of volunteers at the following times on each day. We are in particular need of volunteers during the afternoon rush hour, between 4:00 and 6:00 pm:

    Tuesday, September 9th

    12:00 to 2:00 am

    2:00 to 4:00 am

    4:00 to 6:00 am

    6:00 to 8:00 am

    8:00 to 10:00 am

    10:00 to 12:00 noon

    12:00 to 2:00 pm

    2:00 to 4:00 pm

    4:00 to 6:00 pm

    6:00 to 8:00 pm

    8:00 to 10:00 pm

    10:00 to 12:00 midnight

    Wednesday, September 10th

    4:00 to 6:00 pm

    Those interested in volunteering may contact Shaun Murphy at shaun.murphy@ci.minneapolis.mn.us or 612.275.5128. Please leave your e-mail address, phone number, a preferred day and time slot, and if desired, a neighborhood where you would like to volunteer. Since these counts are city-wide, we will do our best to place volunteers in convenient locations. Public Works can use up to 100 volunteers, so please pass this e-mail along to friends and family who may be interested in helping.

    Background: This is the second annual city-wide count. These important counts will begin to establish trend lines showing the impact of biking and walking on Minneapolis streets and trails. The counts will also measure the impact of several bike lane and path improvements. View our report on last year’s city-wide bicycle and pedestrian count (pdf) to learn more. These counts will include a rare 24-hour manual count at up to two locations. 24-hour counts will help to establish new knowledge about non-motorized travel during the evening and nighttime hours. Minneapolis Public Works is partnering with Transit for Livable Communities (TLC), which will be organizing similar counts on the same day. If you have received a solicitation from TLC as well, please choose the organization for which you will volunteer.

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