BikeNorthfield’s 3rd Annual ‘Soup & Cycles’ event

Soup & Cycles poster (Poster by Doug Bratland)

The 3rd Annual Soup & Cycles event will take place Saturday, 6:00 p.m., pJanuary 30, 2016 at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057 - please join us!  BikeNorthfield’s Soup & Cycles gathers bike group representatives, trail advocates, local officials and any interested community members – whether or not they ride a bike -- for soup, socializing, and strategizing related to bicycles. BikeNorthfield works with bike groups, local government, non-profits and schools to encourage bicycling, promote safety, and educate the community about the benefits of bikes for everyone as part of building an active, friendly, people-centered community.

This year’s event begins with informal networking over soup and bagels from Tandem Bagels followed by a presentation by historian and cyclist James Longhurst, author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road. The bike is back in America, but so are arguments about where it belongs and it’s often politically difficult to talk about adding bicycle lanes and paths. Northfield’s talk will be the largely-overlooked history of bicycle-specific “sidepaths” built in Minneapolis and St. Paul in the late 1890s before the arrival of the automobile, funded by public-private partnerships, and paved over in the 20th century. Longhurst got the idea to study bike history when he started commuting by bike. “Riding to work is great, but it reminds you that not everyone agrees on the place of bicycles and cars on the road,” says Longhurst.  “Traffic engineers, bike advocates, and politicians all have had their say on the subject. I wanted to add a bit more history to the discussion.” The evening ends with updates from the many groups working to make Northfield a better place to bike, work and liveincluding (to name only a few) Mill Towns Trail representatives, CROCT, City of Northfield, updates on becoming a Bike Friendly Communityand many more. 


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Event schedule at the Northfield UCC Church, 300 Union Street

5:00 – 6:30 PM Social Hour with maps, bike demos, book signing (Bike Battles will be available for purchase for $25 cash or check) and Soup (and Bagel) supper by Tandem Bagels

6:30 – 7:30 PM Author talk by Book Battles author James Longhurst

7:30 – 9:00 PM Presentations and celebrations from bike groups, community supporters, and local officials