This year’s Twin Cities Bike Walk Week will run from June 2-10, offering a great opportunity for metro area residents to kick off summer by bicycling and walking to work, to school, for errands or fun. Last year nearly 10,000 people participated in the annual event, taking a trip or two by bike or foot when they would typically drive. In 2012, organizers are once again challenging residents to pledge to bike or walk rather than drive for at least one trip during that week.
Bike Walk Week is packed with activities to generate enthusiasm and participation. The highlight of the week is Bike Walk to Work Day, Thursday, June 7th, featuring celebrations in downtown Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Anoka, and Bloomington. The national unveiling of new bicycling “forever” postage stamps from the United States Postal Service will take place at the Minneapolis celebration location, at 11am, June 7, in front of the Minneapolis Central Library on Nicollet Mall.
Other events include the Northeast Ride, Tour de Cure, Tiny Trips Tuesday, Women’s Wednesday, Midtown Greenway Coalition’s Greenway Glow, Minneapolis Open Streets celebration, Nice Ride Minnesota’s Saint Paul launch event, Bike-in Movie Night, and Bike to the Saints Ballpark Day. Learn more about daily events and register at www.bikewalkweek.org.
Bike Walk Week is about biking and walking for fun, for fitness and health benefits, and for transportation. Participants quickly see the advantages of getting around without a car—including better health, a cleaner environment and money saved on gas and car expenses.
Twin Cities Bike Walk Week is an annual regional campaign planned by a number of metro area agencies and nonprofit organizations working to encourage people to develop new, more active routines for getting around. Bike Walk Week is made possible with generous sponsorship from Quality Bike Products, Ameriprise Financial, Dero, Mississippi Market, Hoigaard’s, Kowalski’s, Great Harvest Bread Co. of St. Paul, and National MS Society Upper Midwest Chapter, and media sponsors Yelp! and METRO magazine.