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Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:50pm
Bicycling is an American pastime. But for Minnesota cities, bicycling increasingly means economic development and community health! Across out state -Minnesota schools, businesses, and city governments are taking steps to make their communities more bike friendly - as a proven means of improving the overall health and vitality of their communities.
What can we do to make Northfield a safer and more pleasant place to bike?
This Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3:00pm
The City of Northfield
Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and
Healthy Rice County SHIP
are teaming up to co-sponsor
the Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop
a free educational workshop for Northfield Area businesses, planners, policy makers and institutional representatives - as well as local bike-interested residents who are interested in helping to develop Northfield's potential as a bikeable community.
Speakers from the Minnesota Departments of Transportation and Health, and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota will cover
- best infrastructure practices for private and public property owners
- a review of bike safety principles and practices (easy as riding a bike?), and
- ideas for promoting bicycling in schools and businesses for workplace wellness
The workshop will include a leisurely 4- 5 mile bike ride around Northfield, as a way to review bike safety rules, AND tour Northfield' current bike amenities as well as places in the community that will benefit from infrastructure improvements (e.g. the 246 and Jefferson Road Intersection).
The Workshop will conclude with a (2:30 - 3:00pm) community discussion of next steps needed to make Northfield a more Bikeable Community.
We hope you can join us!
LOCATION: Northfield City Hall, (801 Washington Street), City Council Chambers
DATE: 8:30 - 3:30 p.m ( rain or shine)
Registration is free, and a complementary lunch will be provided for Workshop participants.
Advance registration is required.
Please contact BikeNorthfield at BikeNorthfield@gmail.com to RSVP or with questions.
Participation is limited to 30 people.
This workshop qualifies for 6 hours of continuing education credit.
A Workshop Schedule follows below.
The Bikeable Community Workshop is supported by the Northfield City Council, Healthy Rice County’s Statewide Health Improvement Program, The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and BikeNorthfield.
Help make our community a safer and more pleasant place to bike by attending the Bikeable Community Workshop!
Bruce Anderson, Chair, BikeNorthfield Steering Committee
In cooperation with workshop co-sponsors:
Northfield City Council
Beth Ayotte, Northfield Chamber of Commerce
Bonnie Story, Healthy Rice County SHIP
Ross Currier, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation
8:30am: Check In (coffee available)
9:00 -10:30am: Introduction of participants. Presentations on the benefits of bicycling for community residents, businesses and employers
10:30 - 1:00pm: On-Road Bike Tutorial (an easy group bike ride will visit key sites in Northfield to learn about bike safety and discuss infrastructure and state of the art solutions . Please bring a bike and a helmet.
1:00 - 1:30pm: Lunch in the Council Chambers of City Hall (free for workshop participants)
1:30 - 3:00pm: Building a Bike Friendly Community - Next Steps for Northfield
3:00 pm: adjourn