2014 Events: A Week of Celebrating Active Transportation

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We’re celebrating biking all week long from May 4-11 this year during our annual Twin Cities Bike Week celebration. Whether you are new to bicycling and looking for a way to get started or are a long-time cyclist who wants to meet others like you, come celebrate with us at one of our many events throughout the week.

Bike Walk Week aims to promote cycling, walking, public transit and other forms of active transportation. The week features something for everyone – from family-friendly activities to competitions for avid riders. Check out the exciting events happening across the Twin Cities metro area and join the movement towards sustainable, healthy transportation.

Featured Events

Bike to Work Day

The biggest event of Bike Walk Week is Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 9. Cyclists throughout the region will bike to their workplace and celebrate with fellow riders. Energizer stations stocked with refreshments, giveaways and cheer squads will provide motivation along popular bike routes. After the morning commute, many employers will host lunchtime gatherings and bicycle-themed activities. Bike to Work Day is a fun, community-building event to try bicycle commuting and discover its benefits.

Open Streets Minneapolis

On Sunday, May 4, several major streets in Minneapolis will go car-free for Open Streets Minneapolis. From 11am to 5pm, these streets will be filled with bicyclists, walkers, runners and more enjoying outdoor activities. Local businesses and community groups will offer programming in a festival-like environment. Open Streets provides a glimpse into an urban landscape designed around people instead of cars.

Women’s Cycling Events

Female cyclists can connect at a variety of women’s events. SheCycles Minneapolis will hold group rides welcoming women of all skill levels on Monday evenings. Babes on Bikes will gather for social rides on Wednesday nights. For some friendly competition, ladies can register for the HER Women’s Bike Race on Thursday, May 8. These events provide a supportive atmosphere for women to ride together and introduce newcomers to bicycling.

Bike Rodeos for Kids

Bike rodeos aimed at children will take place across the metro area during Bike Walk Week. These interactive events teach safe riding techniques, rules of the road and bicycle maintenance. Kids can test their skills on a miniature “street course” and often receive a free bike helmet. These rodeos instill cycling skills and inspire the next generation of riders.

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More Ways to Get Involved

  • Take the Bike Walk Week pledge to replace driving with biking, walking or transit for at least one trip per day from May 4-11.
  • Attend a bicycling basics or maintenance class to gain skills and confidence.
  • Check this site for the latest events added throughout the week. Family bike rides, scavenger hunts and more are sure to come.
  • Post photos of your Bike Walk Week activities on social media and spread the word. Be sure to use #BikeWalkWeek and tag us.
  • Consider biking or walking for all your trips during Bike Walk Week and make it a habit. You’ll feel healthier and be helping the environment.
  • Volunteer to help out at an event. Energizer stations, festivals and other happenings need volunteers to make them a success.
  • Thank your employers if they put on Bike to Work Day festivities and encourage biking. Let them know you appreciate their support.

Benefits of Biking and Walking

Biking and walking provide many benefits beyond just getting from place to place. Here are some of the top reasons to leave your car keys behind during Bike Walk Week and beyond:

  • Improved physical health and fitness
  • Reduce stress and boost mental wellbeing
  • Save money on gas, parking and car maintenance
  • Help protect the environment by reducing emissions
  • Gain more quality time – bike or walk to socialize!
  • Discover your community from a new perspective
  • Enjoy the freedom and fun of travel under your own power

Bike Walk Week invites everyone to experience these benefits first-hand. Join us this May 4-11 for a celebration of active, sustainable transportation in the Twin Cities!

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