Because I heard about this super cool kick-back and bike ride that I was thinking about checking out. Wanna be my date?
Bike Walk Week is a good week to celebrate using non-motorized transportation. And today is "Womens Wednesday" with some events for us:
Womens Wednesday Clinic: Cleaning and tuning up your bike
Wednesday June 1st 6 – 8 pm, Downtown Minneapolis YWCA 1130 Nicollet Mall.
Dust off your bike in time for Bike Walk Week. Grease up your chain and make sure those brakes are in working order. Class will cover basic bike maintenance and a “Need to Know” for riding safer. Check in at the front desk and you will be directed to appropriate classroom.
Womens Wednesday Bike Ride: Trails and routes into Downtown Minneapolis
Wednesday June 8th 6 – 8 pm, Downtown Minneapolis YWCA 1130 Nicollet Mall
Meet with your bike and helmet in front and join us for a leisurely ride around Downtown Minneapolis. Ride will include a tour of the off street trails and on road facilities that connect to downtown.
I hope the ride explores the newly opened leg of the Cedar Lake Trail!
Something to inspire you to commute to work:
Something to encourage you, especially if you're just learning how to ride:
And here is a list of all the places I'm going to be eating breakfast at on Thursday, on my way to meet up with my coworkers for a group commute!
http://bikewalkweek.org/events-2 (Check out the "Celebration Locations" map)
I love Bike Walk Week.
Grease Rag has added a new night and location!! 2nd Tuesdays at Recovery Bike in Northeast Minneapolis, 7-9P with Charlotte. Please come and show your support at the NE Grease Rag, June 14th. And/ Or show your support by attending...
I announced this at the last Grease Rag, but we have REALLY REALLY (really!) big news to share with you all. This has been a long time coming, and because of a capable and willing volunteer, a little coordination, and a generous community supporter... it is finally going to happen.
Grease Rag NE!
That's right, WTFs. After over a year of filling Sunrise Cyclery on 1st and 3rd Thursdays, we are adding another event to accomodate your voracious need for safer DIY spaces. Sunrise will continue hosting Grease Rag Uptown twice a month, so don't fret! Rejoice!!
Grease Rag NE is going to be facilitated by the lovely and capable Charlotte. Charlotte plans to use the first hour of every GR to help you learn a basic mechanical skill, and the last hour will be an open shop. The first week Charlotte will taking chains apart to clean and get the winter gunk outta there. Recovery Bikes is a dry space, so please respect the spirit of the shop by keeping any alcohol consumption outside the shop, thanks!
If you can, please come and support our first Grease Rag NE. We would love to see you.
(And save the date for June 11th- we are going to have a kick-off party!)
Introducing the Solidago Riders! a group of five amazing women biking around the Great Lakes to raise money and awareness about environmental activism. I am super excited to introduce these ladies because they are five friends of mine from Macalester who are organizing an awesome trip for a great cause. The Solidago Riders are comprised of Jacqueline Kutvirt, Rose Holdorf, Ainsley Judge, Robin Major, and Tressa Versteeg.
The Solidago Riders performing a song at a house show.
The ladies will take off in late July to circle the great lakes. While they ride they are raising money for Grand Aspirations, a local non-profit working on issues of climate change and environmental justice. As they ride they are also going to be documenting what youth around the lakes are doing to combat climate change in their local communities.
"Solidago" comes from "a solidago, commonly known as a golden rod, is a great flower that grows in the Great Lakes Region. More than that, we like how solidago reminds us of solidarity and of going places."
IT GETS EVEN BETTER! You can support the Solidago Riders and also go to an AWESOME music/arts festival at the same time! Solidago Bombago will be a music and arts festival in Somerset, Wisconsin on June 25th and June 26th. Tickets are $25 if you ride and $30 if you drive. There will be a group ride leaving from St. Paul to the festival site. The ticket includes entrance to the festival, camping the night of the 25th, and dinner. There will also be a rad skill share!
Please check out their website, show them some support, and go to Solidago Bombago if you can! Awesome women doing awesome things on bikes.