Posted by Bjorn Christianson on March 30, 2011 at 11:15 am
Okay, okay, so we haven’t been great about doing the weekly updates, but we’re back at it, partly because we’re getting in to what I like to call bike party season. There’s tons of stuff going on now that most of the snow and ice are gone and temperatures are becoming tolerable for the greater Twin Cities cycling population.
30 Days Of Biking Kicks Off
This Friday is April 1, but 30 Days Of Biking is no joke. Last spring, Patrick and Zach started what would become a worldwide phenomenon when they started using the #30daysofbiking hashtag on Twitter. They asked riders to pledge to ride their bike every day for the month of April, and share their experiences using social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, blogs and Flickr. They revisited the concept last September, and are back again for Round 3 in April 2011. To participate, all you have to do is register and commit to ride every day in April, even if it’s just a quick spin around the block. There’s a kickoff group ride on Friday, April 1 at Gold Medal Park, 6pm.
ARTCRANK MSP 2011
This weekend, ARTCRANK returns to it’s home in Minneapolis with the Poster Party For Bike People that now visits 8 cities in the US and Britain to showcase local, bicycle-themed art. MPLS Bike Love is organizing a long-way ride from the Northrup King Building to Shelter Studios, where the show is happening. We’ll take off at 4. See the event page for more details, or if you’re looking for a ride from South Minneapolis, check out the ARTCRANK MSP page for other rides. The show itself is from 5-10pm, and you can select from 40 posters by local artists all priced at $30, making for an affordable way to decorate your home, office, or bike shop. Here’s a sneak preview of this year’s posters, stay tuned for information about ongoing events at One On One and Northrup King Building in April and May.
No Name 59
The monthly No Name alleycat takes place this first Sunday, with last month’s winner brandonb promising a beginner-friendly, all-downtown race. This would be perfect for all the #30dayofbiking kids who want to give bicycle street racing a shot. As usual, meet-up at 6:30, manifests at 6:45, Race at 7. Recommended equipment: bike, lock, pen, helmet, lights, map. wits.
The discussion on the forum about the proposed helmet law got both heated and ridiculous. What do you think? Do we need to enforce the use of helmets by children?
Midtown Greenway Coalition got some recognition for its Trail Watch program, which is at least partly responsible for there being zero reported assaults against a MTG trail user in 2010. Pretty cool! Now if we can just get some improvements on the Hiawatha LRT…
Last week, cyclists lost a South Minneapolis pit stop when CRC Coffee Bar + Cykel Garage closed it’s doors. Cars-R-Coffins owner Hurl Everstone sat down with mplsbikelove.com’s Ben McCoy to talk about the shops’ closure on March 25. Before the shop closed down, there were two last hurrahs: Hurl’s annual Slick 50 ride and a goodbye ride on closing day.