Biking Northeast

Pedal Power MN is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering kids through active learning adventures via biking. On a weekly basis, Pillsbury Elementary students engage in various rides and hands-on activities that empower their biking abilities.

Biking NE will bring many of these same opportunities to neighborhood adults throughout the summer of 2019.

 

Mission and Background

Pedal Power of MN is serving in a partnership with Our Streets Minneapolis to support and encourage biking for people of color, persons that identify as femme, trans, FTWNB, BILPOC and community members who are affected by economic and social disparities that live in NE Minneapolis.

We are committed to providing persons new to biking (as well as persons who already bike) the opportunity to develop and reinforce confidence with exploring and biking to various areas of NE Minneapolis through community bike rides and learn to bike sessions.

Upcoming Events

Summer Schedule

Biking Northeast in August

Hi there!

Biking Northeast students have been doing amazing things this month!

Students have been improving on balancing, shifting gears, riding in groups, stopping / braking, maintaining a straight line, riding in the streets and on trails plus CLIMBING HILLS! We are so proud of everyone.

There is still time to join us before the summer ends!

Saturday Nice Ride Bike Rides
Dates: August 31st, September 14th, October 5th
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Location: Nice Ride Station located at 18th Ave Trail and 2nd St NE (In front of Eastside Neighborhood Services 1700 NE 2nd St )
Bikes, helmets, food and water will be provided

Tuesday & Friday Classes: Adult Learn to Bike Class
Dates: June 4th, July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, August 27th, August 30th, September 10th, September 13th, & September 17th
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Nice Ride Station located at 18th Ave Trail and 2nd St NE (In front of Eastside Neighborhood Services 1700 NE 2nd St )
Bikes, helmets, healthy snacks and water will be provided

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Past Events

Saturday Northeast Bike Rides
Dates: June 8th and 22nd, July 13th, July 27th, August 24th
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Location: Will be at different NE Minneapolis Park and Recreation Community Centers. Watch the website for details.

Join Us Sunday at Open Streets Northeast!

We are partnering with Recovery Bike Shop to get you and your bike ready to ride in Northeast!

Demonstrations
11:30 – 12:00 Fix a Flat
12:30 – 1:00 Taking Off & Putting Wheels Back On
1:30 – 2:00 Lube the Chain & Adjustments to Make the Bike Fit (saddle up & down; saddle back & forth; handle bar height)
11:30 – 12:00 Brake Adjustments (centering & tightening)
Location: 2504 Central Ave NE – in front of Recovery Bike Shop

Bike Rides to 18th Ave Greenway
1:00 – 1:30 Connect to the River Trail
2:00 – 2:30 Connect to the River Trail

Saturday Fix-a-Flat Clinic and Bike Ride
Date: June 22nd, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Location: Bottineau Recreation Center
2000 NE 2nd St 55418
(corner of NE 2nd St and 19th Ave NE)

Tuesday Class:Fix a Flat / Bike Basics
Date: May 21st
Time: 6 pm to 7 pm
Location: Recovery Bike Shop, 2504 Central Ave NE.
NOTE: Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

FAQs

Bicycle

If it is a flat tire, bring your bike and we’ll do our best to help fix it. (This is one of our class sessions!) We’ll need some information about your bike so snap a picture of your flat tire and send it to us so we can try to have the right tools and parts that session. For more complicated problems, some sessions will be taking place at a bike shop so you can either bring your bike that day or drop it off for repair σύνδεσμος.

We will have some bikes for people to ride. We’ll do our best to provide bikes to fit based on your height. Other options will be available such as Nice Ride bikes.

Experience

Part of the time will be ‘classroom’ learning to cover basic traffic laws and tips on riding before we practice basic skills on the bike. The sessions will start off-street in parking lots and bike trails so riders can focus on the bike not traffic. We anticipate a mix of students: some who have never learned to ride and some who haven’t ridden in many years. The sessions will be tailored to the participants’ needs.

We will be offering Adult Learn to Ride sessions early in the summer so you can enjoy bicycling with us as we explore Northeast Minneapolis.

The rides will be short at the beginning of the season ranging anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour; all at a slow, comfortable speed with stops along the way to see the sights and explore Northeast. Our goal is to have an enjoyable neighborhood ride, not a race to the finish line. All our rides will have multiple ride leaders to allow for splitting up the group as needed.

Other

Yes. Some sessions will be designated as women only with women instructors.

The detailed calendar will be posted as folks help us plan what they’d like to experience. Weekly sessions will be offered with a mix of learning sessions (topics such as: starting, stopping, and shifting gears; fix a flat; what to wear on the bike; route planning and traffic safety) and neighborhood bike rides.

We’ll be providing healthy snacks and water as part of our sessions. Some of our rides will include stops at local restaurants.

Much of what we will be doing doesn’t require English fluency. On the road, we make use of hand signals and basic calls such as “Right turn” or “Car Back” that will be easily understood. We will have some printed materials in Spanish and…

Are you bi-lingual or know someone who is? We are looking for interpreters to be part of the team to ensure everyone can participate and learn to love cycling just as much as we do!

Absolutely! We want to show off all that Northeast has to offer so let us know if you have a destination in mind. We’ll create bike-friendly routes and explore various options for getting there.

Yes, helmets are required on our rides. Nice Ride MN will be providing a number of free helmets. If you already own a helmet, please bring it and we’ll take a look to make sure it is still safe to use.

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Who We Are

Our Leadership Team

selfie of Tammy bundled up for winter ridingTammy – Tammy is a local bike advocate. Her passion for biking started 8 years ago based on a diabetes diagnosis and her first American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure ride. Her passion of biking for health and wellness has led to being a passionate advocate who serves in the following capacities- Bicycle Alliance of MN board of directors member, Hennepin County (District 1) Bicycle Advisor Committee representative, Major Taylor Bicycling Club of MN board of director member, Black Girls Do Bike leadership representative (Minneapolis Chapter) and League Cycling Instructor (League of American Bicyclists).

selfie of Mark with a line of students behind himMark – Mark is the founder of Pedal Power MN and serves as an English Language Learner teacher at Pillsbury Elementary School. He has been teaching for over 28 years. Pedal Power MN is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering kids through active learning adventures via biking. On a weekly basis, Pillsbury Elementary students engage in various rides and hands-on activities that empower their biking abilities. Pedal Power MN has been in existence over 7 years. He also is a League Cycling Instructor (League of American Bicyclists).