Walk the Talk: Bike Maintenance and Transportation Meeting

Editor’s note: Walk the Talk is Streets.mn’s carefully curated, highly partisan collection of both serious and fun-loving events, community meetings and opportunities for engagement that we think will interest our readers. Email your ideas to Hawken Habig, one of our daily editors, at hawkenhabig@gmail.com.

Global Fat Bike Day – Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Global Fat Bike Day began in 2012 and is always the first Saturday of December. Michael’s Cycles in Chaska is among several metro-area bike shops that will be celebrating with organized rides. A collaboration with Bike MN, this fat bike adventure will take riders along the Minnesota River with several differently paced groups. Nearly 100 cyclists took part in the ride last year, which ends with breakfast and door prizes. The Mid-Minnesota Cycling Club in St. Cloud and Winona Area Mountain Bikers are sponsoring events on Saturday, December 3 as well. Ride on!

Land Use and Transportation Meeting – Recurring; Monday, January 9, 6 p.m.

Our readers may be interested to hear that the Land Use and Transportation Team at the Sierra Club’s North Star Chapter — which advocates for fast, equitable and affordable clean transportation across Minnesota — hosts regular meetings, generally on the first Monday of every month. The next meeting is online Monday, January 9, at 6 p.m., where participants will address ongoing transportation issues.

Duluth I-35 Corridor Plan Public Comment Map

Ongoing community outreach for the I-35 Corridor Plan has led project leaders to develop an online interactive map, where stakeholders can leave comments on issues or opportunities along the roadway. The project, led by the Metropolitan Interstate Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will seek to determine a long-term vision for the I-35 corridor in Duluth. Options range from minor safety upgrades to freeway removal, so those invested in the future of the corridor should consider voicing their thoughts through the map!

Bike Maintenance Training Course – Wednesday, December 7, 14 and 21, 6 p.m.

Consider signing up for BikeMN’s Bike Maintenance Training Course throughout the month of December at their headquarters on Minnehaha Avenue (Minneapolis). Each of the three two-hour classes will cover a different topic:

December 7: Repair fundamentals, prevention, cleaning, basics of fit, and fix-a-flat.
December 14: Brakes, derailleurs, chain.
December 21: Bearings (hubs, headset, bottom bracket), wheel truing.

You may sign up for one or all of the classes. Learn more and sign up here!

Editor’s note: The original version of this article stated that the next Land Use and Transportation Meeting for the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club was Monday, December 5. That meeting has since been canceled. The next meeting will be Monday, January 9, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Photo at top courtesy of BikeMN

About Hawken Habig

Hawken is a student of Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a copy editor at Streets.mn. He also composes Streets.mn's bi-weekly event listing "Walk the Talk;" email any ideas for events or opportunities to hawkenhabig@gmail.com!