Walk the Talk: Capitol Advocacy, Fat Biking and Adopting-A-Stop

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.

2023 Minnesota Bike Walk Summit – Thursday, February 9, 9:15 a.m.

Mark your calendar for the Minnesota Bike Walk Summit on February 9! The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota will lead attendees at the Minnesota State Capitol to hear from state and local leaders about transportation and mobility issues. The day will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a breakfast, followed by the speakers at 10. There will then be a lunch break before participants have the opportunity to meet and discuss with legislators about the BikeMN Legislative Agenda at 1 p.m. Check out a comprehensive primer for the event on this week’s Streets.mn Podcast hosted by Ian R Buck. Be sure to register (or volunteer) on BikeMN’s website, where you can learn more about the event as well.  

Adopt-A-Stop with Metro Transit

Metro Transit is searching for upstanding, dutiful and cleanliness-minded individuals to help maintain the Twin City’s many transit stops through the Adopt-A-Stop program. Those who enroll in the program will aid Metro Transit employees by performing upkeep on one or more transit stop(s) by regularly disposing of litter and keeping tabs on its condition by notifying the agency of damaged infrastructure and vandalism. The program lasts for one year, and participants will be rewarded with a sign at the stop in their honor and 10 free Metro Transit rides a month. Consider taking a few minutes during your commute to keep your local bus stop tidy! Learn more about Adopt-A-Stop here.

Fat Bike Clinic with Melanin in Motion – Saturday, January 21 and February 11, 2 p.m.

Melanin in Motion is a BIPOC organization focused on engaging with nature through outdoor events. They currently offer a number of classes and events, including youth and adult downhill and cross-country skiing lessons throughout the winter. They will also be hosting two Fat Bike Clinics scheduled for January 21 at Theodore Wirth Park, and February 11 at Battle Creek Recreation Center, both at 2 p.m. Learn more about these and the organization on their website.

Transit Equity Day Hearings – Wednesday, February 1, 3 p.m.; Thursday, February 2, 8:30 a.m.

In honor of Transit Equity Day, Move Minnesota is gathering a group of advocates at the Minnesota State Capitol to demonstrate commitment to equitable transportation. The first meeting will be at the Minnesota Senate Building on Wednesday, February 1, at 3 p.m. The following day, Thursday, February 2, at 8:30 a.m., the group will congregate at the Minnesota State Capitol (Room 120). Learn more about the events here.

Sustain St. Paul Annual Member Meeting – Monday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.

Sustain St. Paul, an organization committed to advocating for sustainable, equitable and affordable transportation and neighborhoods in the Saintly City, will be hosting its annual member meeting on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be over Zoom, where the board elections will be held. (You may vote for or be nominated to the board only if you have attended two meetings within the past year!) The organization will also recap its 2022 accomplishments and set new goals for 2023. Get more information (and the Zoom link) here.

Image at top courtesy of Bao Chau on Unsplash.

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!

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