One On One to Design and Operate a Bicycle Center at St. Paul Union Depot

One on One Bike StudioAccording to the Ramsey County Regional Rail News (RCRRN)One on One Bicycle Studio will play a key role in the revitalization of St. Paul’s Union Depot. One on One, of course, is a staple in the bicycle community, the first of it’s kind where you can get a cup of joe and a sandwich while shopping for a new bike or, while getting your wheels serviced. I am willing to bet that Gene was a pivotal influence, but is definitely a staunch supporter to this day, of the Stupor Bowl. And, don’t forget the Junkyard. One on One is also known as the bike messenger capital in downtown Minneapolis.

Some of the plans for the new bike center include bike storage, lockers and showers, bike repair and retail services. In addition, they plan to operate a café and art gallery, serving up grab-and-go foods for commuters, gourmet soups, sandwiches and organic, fair-trade coffee. But of course, it’s One on One, right?

I wonder if this means the Stupor Bowl might be getting a new playing field?

See the full press release here at RCRRN site.

Nice Ride MN Announces Saint Paul Expansion

Nice Ride MNIn case you haven’t heard by now, Nice Ride MN, the very popular and super successful bicycle ride-share program in Minneapolis, is expanding it’s reach into Saint Paul. Tentatively set to launch June 4th, during Bike Walk Week, the bike-share program will expand it’s current base of 116 bike-share stations by adding 30 more, mostly in the downtown Saint Paul area. The proposed locations for the stations are available on this map.

You can see the full press release here.

Two Stops for Bike Advocacy

Thursday night I made a couple stops at two organizational meetings. It was finally time for BikeMinneapolis to get busy!

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition – Franklin Ave Bike Lanes

First up, I stopped in to visit with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and volunteers who got together and organize their efforts to advocate for the implementation of bike lanes on Franklin Ave, from Hennepin Ave to Minnehaha Ave. A couple of the volunteers arrived after biking on Franklin Ave and were more than convinced that improvements needed to be made. The goal is to talk with bicyclists who use Franklin Ave and to have them sign a petition, supporting bike lanes on Franklin Ave. The MBC volunteers will be reaching out to local residents, as well as neighborhood and business associations to get their backing, also.

According to a recent study, there are more than 500 bicycles per day riding along Franklin Ave. It is a main corridor between Uptown and the U of M. There are also 8 Nice Ride stations located within a block of Franklin Ave.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can still get involved. You can email franklin@mplsbike.org for details on how you can help by talking with cyclists and residents, and gathering petition signatures. There will also be an online petition form that you may sign. This link is forthcoming, but will be provided also by inquiring via email.

Lastly, Transit for Livable Communities will be hosting a meeting at 7:30pm Monday, May 7 at Philips Community Center (2323 11th Avenue S.) to discuss future bike and pedestrian improvements on Franklin Avenue. Please come share your ideas and show your support to make Franklin Avenue more bike-friendly.

Midtown Greenway Coalition – Crime Prevention Task Force

After visiting with the MBC Crew, I rode over to the Midtown Greenway offices to sit in on the Crime Prevention Task Force being formed by the Midtown Greenway Coalition. In attendance were Midtown Greenway board members, volunteers, and two representatives from the 3rd and 5th Precincts of the Minneapolis Police.

Susan gave an informative report on Trail Watch, the Midtown Greenway’s own safety patrol, which is staffed by volunteers. Trail Watch riders make nightly rides watching for and reporting suspicious/criminal activity to 911, assist cyclists with break-downs and flats, and help to educate riders. They have even supplied lights to riders without lights. Find out more and learn how to volunteer for Trail Watch. Volunteers are eligible for discounts at Midtown Freewheel Bike!

The 3rd and 5th Precincts representatives from the MPD then made available to the Board and volunteers some crime-report data they had assembled from the last 3-5 months which illustrated just how safe the Midtown Greenway actually is, especially compared to other crime reports from street level. Even though this was good news, the Board was clear in stating it’s platform of crime prevention and improved safety measures for the Greenway. The steady growth in heavy trail usage has dictated that improvements and new measures need to be discussed and implemented to ensure continued safe use of the Greenway.

It was decided that Susan would implement a campaign to sign-up more Trail Watch Volunteers. Gabriel will collect data of lighting conditions throughout the Greenway and report back next month to determine what improvements could be addressed in terms of better lighting. It was agreed upon that any needs for new and improved signage, cameras, and the question of using private security patrols would be discussed at the next scheduled Crime Prevention Task Force meeting on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 6pm.

Summary

It was a fun and productive night, and it was great getting to know some of the passionate cyclists we have working in our community for bicycle advocacy. The next time you are riding down Franklin Ave or the Midtown Greenway, please remember that there are many hard working people giving time and resources to make cycling even better in the Twin Cities. Please consider getting involved. It’s easy to become a member or volunteer… Almost as easy as riding a bike!

Nominations Open for Alliance 2012 Advocacy Awards

Washington, DC – November 3, 2011 – The Alliance for Biking & Walking has opened the public nomination period for its 2012 Advocacy Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Alliance’s Advocacy Awards recognize excellence in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.

Award categories include:
Advocate of the Year
Advocacy Organization of the Year
Business Advocate of the Year
Winning Campaign of the Year
Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

Nominations will be accepted through December 18, 2011 on the Alliance website.


Anyone can make up to five nominations – one nomination per person, per award category. Nominations are not limited to Alliance members.

A selection committee composed of Alliance staff, board, and advocacy organization representatives will evaluate all nominees and the winners will be announced at a high-profile reception the first night of the 2012 National Bike Summit.

For more information and to nominate an individual, organization or business in your community visit: www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/Awards

Midtown Greenway Detour for Thursday, Oct. 27

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 27th, a 1-day closure of the Midtown Greenway will take place between Humboldt Avenue and Bryant Avenue. The Greenway will be closed at 5am and reopen in the late afternoon or early evening. A signed detour route will be posted. This trail closure will facilitate the placement of a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge at Girard Avenue over the Greenway trench. Later this year a new access ramp for trail users will open between the Midtown Greenway and Girard Avenue. For more information about this development project visit the Ackerberg Group project website.

This notice is courtesy of the City of Minneapolis Bicycling E-Mail Updates. Click the link to get e-mail notification of news items related to bicycling in Minneapolis delivered to your inbox.

Bike Minneapolis is Back… for Good!

You may have noticed everything has been pretty quiet around here. That’s because I’ve been in Los Angeles, attending to my other stuff. Well, that’s all changing, and I’m happy to say you will see a buzz of activity around here, from now on. I know, I know… winter is coming and I’m crazy for coming back to MN in October. And what is there possibly to do with Bike Minneapolis, basically starting it over again, as winter starts descending on us. Well, I’m not sure, exactly, but we will figure it out.

Today I am attending the Minneapolis Joy Ride and looking to get to know some passionate bicyclists, here in Minneapolis, and immersed, once again, in the greatest biking community there is.