100+ Bike Mpls in 19th Annual Sierra Club Bike Tour

Over 100 people rode the streets and trails of Minneapolis on a sunny Saturday in September for the Sierra Club’s 19th Annual Bike Tour. The Tour began near the Lake St. LRT station in south Minneapolis then traveled through the U of M Campus, Downtown, Northeast and North Minneapolis. Here’s a virtual tour:

Gillian Tomasini and Joe Bridge of The Hub Bicycle Co-Op provide mechanical support.

Gillian Tomasini and Joe Bridge of The Hub Bicycle Co-Op provide mechanical support.

Riders and volunteers fuel up with Peace Coffee and other donated goods from May Day Café, Bruegger’s Bagels, and the Seward Co-Op. Volunteer Sally Cable, at right, kept her eye on compostables at the near-zero-waste event.

Riders and volunteers fuel up with Peace Coffee and other donated goods from May Day Café, Bruegger’s Bagels, and the Seward Co-Op. Volunteer Sally Cagle, at right, kept her eye on compostables at the near-zero-waste event.

Some of our amazing support crew volunteers.

Some of our amazing support crew volunteers.

Ben and Frank Jossi, volunteer bike monitors.

Ben and Frank Jossi, volunteer bike monitors.

Sterling Taylor, ready to ride!

Sterling Taylor, ready to ride!

Land Use & Transportation Committee Chair Alex Tsatsoulis kicks off the event.

Land Use & Transportation Committee Chair Alex Tsatsoulis kicks off the event.

Riders set off from the Greenway Building in south Minneapolis.

Riders set off from the Greenway Building in south Minneapolis.

Riders set off from the Greenway Building in south Minneapolis.

Riders set off from the Greenway Building in south Minneapolis.

Colleen Carey, President of The Cornerstone Group and Chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) MN District Council, talks about Prospect Park station area development and Prospect North neighborhood vision.

Colleen Carey, President of The Cornerstone Group and Chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) MN District Council, talks about Prospect Park station area development and Prospect North neighborhood vision.

Autumn Amadou-Blegen of Surly Brewing Company talks about the new GREEN Line LRT and the U of M Transitway as key factors in selecting the site for their Destination Brewery.

Autumn Amadou-Blegen of Surly Brewing Company talks about the new GREEN Line LRT and the U of M Transitway as key factors in selecting the site for their Destination Brewery.

Bri Whitecraft, Director of Marketing, Dero Bike Rack Co., talks about the importance of infrastructure such as parking and commuter programs to encourage biking.

Bri Whitecraft, Director of Marketing, Dero Bike Rack Co., talks about the importance of infrastructure such as parking and commuter programs to encourage biking.

The protected bikeway along 6th St. SE

The protected bikeway along 6th St. SE

Robin Garwood, aide to councilmember Cam Gordon (at left), and Ted Tucker, former member of the Planning Commission (at second to left), talk about the new Bluff Street Trail and Dinkytown Greenway, and the importance of extending the Greenway to Father Hennepin Park and St. Anthony Main.

Robin Garwood (at left), aide to councilmember Cam Gordon, and Ted Tucker (at second to left), former member of the Planning Commission, talk about the new Bluff Street Trail and Dinkytown Greenway, and the importance of extending the Greenway to Father Hennepin Park and St. Anthony Main.

The Bluff Street Trail under 35W, connecting the U of M to downtown Mpls

The Bluff Street Trail under 35W, connecting the U of M to downtown Mpls

Minnesota’s first Bike Signal in Northeast Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s first Bike Signal in Northeast Minneapolis.

Riders pull in to Gluek Riverside Park for lunch. (photo by Greg Springer)

Riders pull in to Gluek Riverside Park for lunch. (photo by Greg Springer)

Riders pull in to Gluek Riverside Park for lunch. (photo by Greg Springer)

Riders pull in to Gluek Riverside Park for lunch. (photo by Greg Springer)

Lunch is served!

Lunch is served!

Lunch is served!

Lunch is served!

Cordelia Pierson, Mississippi River Parkway Commissioner and Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund, speaks about Mississippi River access and the Dinkytown Greenway.

Cordelia Pierson, Mississippi River Parkway Commissioner and Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund, speaks about Mississippi River access and the Dinkytown Greenway.

Cordelia Pierson, Mississippi River Parkway Commissioner and Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund, speaks about Mississippi River access and the Dinkytown Greenway.

Cordelia Pierson, Mississippi River Parkway Commissioner and Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Fund, speaks about Mississippi River access and the Dinkytown Greenway.

Sam Rockwell, at left, at Lowry Open Streets, tells how Open Streets brings the street to the people (Lowry’s was the 6th Open Streets event in Minneapolis this year).

Sam Rockwell, at left, at Lowry Open Streets, tells how Open Streets brings the street to the people (Lowry’s was the 6th Open Streets event in Minneapolis this year).

Kenya McKnight talks about the community engagement process around the proposed North Minneapolis Greenway and the need to demonstrate and create demand for better, more equitable transportation options in the metro region.

Kenya McKnight (at left) talks about the community engagement process around the proposed North Minneapolis Greenway and the need to demonstrate and create demand for better, more equitable transportation options in the metro region.

The Sierra Club North Star Chapter supports Bikeways for Everyone, a collaborative campaign of community partners, businesses and individuals advocating for 30 new miles of protected bikeways by 2020.

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