Posted by Ben McCoy on May 9, 2011 at 8:58 am
Bike Walk Week happens twice a year and its goal is simple – to get people out of their cars and use alternate forms of transportation for at least 1 trip during the week. This spring, Bike Walk Week Twin Cities takes place from June 4-12.
NOTE: For specific details, the Bike Walk Week website has great information about daily events, resources for getting ready to participate, online registration (which is FREE), and more.
Alicia Adams is the Program Outreach Coordinator for Bike Walk Week Twin Cities. She’s awesome, as is her co-worker Amber Collett. After meeting with them, I left with the impression that the BWW organization is a very friendly bunch pushing a positive agenda – one less car!
The event itself started as a single Bike Walk Day in 2007 by a consortium of groups and individuals (much like today). However, it quickly grew from there. In 2008 it became a weeklong event, followed by a twice-annual event the following year. This year, the fall Bike Walk Week will take place the first week in October to coincide with International Bike Walk to School Day.
Even though there is now a full week of events, Bike Walk Day (the day itself) still exists and takes place on Thursday of Bike Walk Week. This year, Bike Walk Day is June 9 and will include festivities in Bloomington, downtown Minneapolis, and downtown Saint Paul.
FUN FACT: Bike Walk Day is officially recognized by the State of Minnesota, in addition to being sanctioned by the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Last year Bike Walk Week registered 7,000 participants. This year they’re their goal is 10,000 registered participants – a very noble number for the land of 10,000 lakes. And encouraged by the popularity of similar events, such as 30 Days of Biking, they seem very optimistic about increasing their participation by 30%.
In spite of their growth, the agenda is remains the same. And so, for all the Twin Cities cyclists out there that would like to see fewer cars on the road, I encourage you to register, participate, and tell your friends.