Twin Cities Bike Walk Week starts Saturday

Bicyclists rejoice. The week-long Twin Cities Bike Walk Week starts this Saturday.

The celebration is yet another indication of our strong bike culture, in case you weren’t already convinced by the Nice Ride bike rental program, the Midtown Greenway, the Community Partners Bike Library program, and the dozens of bike shops and hundreds of miles of bike lanes throughout the Twin Cities.

A complete list of the week’s events is available here.

Some highlights:

A contest for the best “bike walk jingle.” The five finalists will perform at the Ritz Theater on June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free. You can listen to the finalists’ jingles here.

The Tour de Cure, a cycling event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association, on June 2.

The Open Streets celebration on June 10 along Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. The street will be closed to non-pedaling traffic from 22nd St. to 42nd St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A free outdoor screening of Quicksilver, a movie featuring Kevin Bacon as a “stock market whiz kid” turned bike messenger, on June 8 outside the Central Library in St. Paul. Sample line from the movie trailer, “Survival is an instinct you learn on the streets.”

The Urban Assault Ride on June 10, billed as “the biggest Bicycle Obstacle Event series in the nation.”

Note: this event includes the opportunity to “fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide,” according to the contest website. Who doesn’t want to do that?

Some of the events require pre-registration. All of the information on everything Bike-Walk-Week-related is available here.

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