What is it?
The Minnesota Bike Summit brings together different groups of people who share a vested interest in cycling to accomplish two main tasks.
First is to illustrate all the things that Minnesota has done and also those that Minnesota has yet to do to accommodate safe cycling through bike path installation/improvements, the inclusion of bicycles in project planning and how each group utilizes those resources.
The second part of the Summit teaches the attendees about how to communicate the importance of cycling with all of it’s benefits with the members of congress and senate across the street. They highlight the importance of putting a face to these issues, of reaching out to the people that depend on your support to let them know what’s important to you, and what will keep your vote in the future.
What’s in it for you?
A better future for cyclists in Minnesota. More and safer bike lanes, harsher penalties for careless drivers who cause injury (or worse) to cyclists, additional support for Safe Route to School and even a Pedal Minnesota license plate, with extra fees going to support statewide bicycle education.
Did you know it’s against the law to sell a bicycle in Minnesota that doesn’t have pedals with reflectors? I didn’t know about that, either. It’s this kind of interesting and important trivia that you’ll learn about at the Bike Summit.
Where can you find out more?
The Minnesota Bike Alliance has a lot of great information at their event page:
If you can’t find the info there, you can always email, too:
If you’re a member of the MN Bike Alliance (and you should be), the cost is $10 if the ticket is bought ahead of time. If you’re a non-member the price is $15, and if you choose to wait until the day of the event, the cost goes up to $20.