Author: Melissa Wenzel

Melissa Wenzel

About Melissa Wenzel

Car-free bicycle advocate, passionate state employee, union leader. MN's "Industrial Stormwater Sherpa." Human being first, government employee second.

Margaret Street Closure Test Preps for Grand Round

Until recently, whenever I heard the term “grand round” scenic bikeway, I automatically thought about the Minneapolis trail system that goes by a very similar name. I probably heard the term “Saint Paul Grand Round” before I realized it was related to the trail system in Saint Paul that connects Shepard Road, the Mississippi River […]

A Case for Stillwater Avenue

Recently, St Paul city council members received an update on a bike infrastructure improvement proposal for Stillwater Ave, a residential road on the city of St Paul’s east side. They voted 3 for and 3 against (1 absent), which halts support for moving forward on putting bike lanes on Stillwater Ave. The stretch is located […]

State Employees Lead the Way With Sustainable Transportation Initiatives

Several state employees within St Paul are working on transit/earth fairs and community rides in April and May: April 11th: Electric Bike Panel, Lafayette Park April 20th: Lafayette Park Community and Transit fair April 21st: Bike to Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary from Lafayette Park May 17th: State capitol transit and health fair May 17th: Bike […]

Winter Biking Goes to the Dogs

In honor of International Winter Bike To Work Day on February 10th, state agencies within Lafayette Park hosted a “Winter Bike to Work” panel. Set to inspire fellow colleagues to consider biking in the winter time, three panelists provided tips and suggestions on how to bike safely and have fun biking in the winter.  The […]

Capital City Bikeway: Making St. Paul Great Again

On Thursday afternoon, October 6, people gathered at the corner of Kellogg and Jackson to see a glimpse of the first dedicated off-street bike path in downtown St. Paul. Bike advocates, city officials, and even two Twin Cities Marathon runners originally from Florida just passing by joined in the fun and excitement. They saw the Nice […]