Walk the Talk: Bike Tours, Breweries and Butterflies

Editor’s note: From words to deeds is Streets.mn’s carefully curated and highly partisan collection of serious and fun events, community gatherings and engagement opportunities that we believe will interest our readers. Email your ideas to Editor-in-Chief Amy Gage: [email protected]

monthly meeting of the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition; Wednesday, August 17, 6 p.m.

Founded in 2010 in response to St. Paul City Council’s decision to disband the city’s Cycling Advisory Committee, the SPBC is an all-volunteer coalition that champions active transportation and seeks to “build common cause” with citizens. neighborhood and government groups to improve cycling and walking infrastructure throughout the city. Since the pandemic, his monthly meeting has become a moderately paced bike ride followed by food and drink wherever the group meets.

  • Meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 in front of Union Depot on 4th Street Plaza. Co-Chair Andy Singer says, “We’ll have a quick chat about what’s happening in St. Paul, including Summit Avenue, and take a spin on one of the city’s beautiful trails. Subscribe to the mailing list or contact Singer by clicking here.

Northside Hike; Saturday, August 20, 1 p.m., North Minneapolis

Cycle Sisters is co-sponsoring the Northside Ramble on Saturday, August 20.

Explore Minneapolis’ North Side by bike and enjoy the community with a bike and history tour that promises visits to “unique local breweries.” Sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Minneapolis, the Northside Ramble will raise funds for Gotcha Glasses, which provides neighborhood children with needed eyewear. Other sponsors include Cycle Sisters, a group of BIPOC women cyclists in Minneapolis, and two breweries: La Doña Cerveceria and Pryes Brewing Company.

  • Tickets are $15 for northern residents, $30 for others and $50 for sponsors. buy before Friday August 19th. Your ticket buys you a t-shirt, a drink ticket to both breweries, and a guided tour of North Minneapolis history. Meet at 1 p.m. at La Doña Cerveceria, 241 Fremont Ave. N. Helmets are mandatory.

cycling-walking leadership network; Wednesday, August 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., via Zoom

Cyclists across the state know the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota for its engaging and well-organized rides, including the upcoming Saint Paul Classic on Sunday, September 11, as well as its advocacy for cyclist safety and inclusion. . Education is also a big part of the mission, as evidenced by lunchtime “Third Wednesday” webinars, via Zoom, via the Bike Walk Leadership Network.

  • On Wednesday, August 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., listen to Josh Pearson, Minnesota Department of Transportation Planning Program Coordinator, discuss statewide transportation priorities under the Minnesota State Highway Investment (MnSHIP). Joining the conversation will be Bike MN staff members Ted Duepner and Angela Olson, both determined to make bicycles their primary mode of transportation. Click here to join the Leadership Network and email [email protected] to access the Wednesday session.

Other objects of interest:

  • Bilingual Monarch Festival: Sponsored by HeightsNEXT, a sustainable community movement in the Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights, the bilingual Monarch Festival on Wednesday, August 17 will feature food trucks, games, traditional Mexican dance and music, a parade of monarch costumes and more. The free event runs from 5-8 p.m. at Sullivan Lake Park, 721 51st Ave. NE, in Columbia Heights.
  • Cathedral Hill with Bill Lindeke: The essence of the twin cities Urban geographer and co-founder of Streets.mn, Bill Lindeke will host a Social Hour & Neighborhood Stroll on Wednesday, August 17, from 5:30 p.m. sustainable “. land use.” Meet at Boyd Park, 335 Selby Ave., St. Paul.
  • Big tour on the east side: This bike tour will highlight my favorite sections of St. Paul’s Grand Round bike path, the Como and Wheelock Parkway sections to the east, with safe and spacious off-road infrastructure. Move Minnesota, an awesome transportation advocacy organization, is sponsoring the event on Friday, August 19 at 5:15 p.m. Meet at the St. Paul Farmers Market, 290 5th St. E., near downtown CHS Field. Click here to register in advance.

Top photo courtesy of Cycle Sisters, Minneapolis

About Amy Gage

Amy Gage was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Streets.mn in June 2022 after five years as a volunteer writer and editor for the site. A former journalist, she blogs about women and aging (themiddlestages.com) and is director of neighborhood and community relations at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

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