Wind chills in Minneapolis as low as -10F didn’t keep scores of bicyclists and pedestrians from enjoying the Winter Wonder Walk/Ride on Sat., Feb. 11, on the Midtown Greenway.
The event, sponsored by the Midtown Greenway Coaliton, Bike Walk Twin Cities, and the Minneapolis Bike Coalition, encouraged current and would-be bicyclists and walkers to try out new bike equipment and socialize along the Midtown Greenway.
Event host Freewheel Midtown Bike Center touted free rides on fat-tire bikes — ideal for winter bicycling!
Representatives from Freewheel Midtown Bike Center served up refreshments and hot coffee to passerby along the Midtown Greenway.
Richard Parnell, a volunteer with the Midtown Greenway Coalition, roasted marshmallows on a unique bike-wheel roaster, and served up hot s'more snacks!
Passerby along the Midtown Greenway were invited to try out Nice Ride Minnesota bicycles with studded tires -- a demonstration to see if the public might be interested in using Nice Ride bicycles during the winter. (Nice Ride bicycles have previously been stored during the winter.)
Visitors to the Nice Ride Minnesota station were asked to write their comments about using Nice Ride bikes with studded tires. Depending on public interest, Nice Ride may begin a trial run of making Nice Ride bikes with studded tires available during winter on the University of Minnesota campus.
Dr. Mary Arneson (in yellow) led a team of four tricycles -- a "trike train"-- on demo rides along the Midtown Greenway. Arneson and her husband, Dr. Dale Hammerschmidt, came up with the trike train concept as a way for multiple riders to ride and socialize together. Both Arneson and Hammerschmidt are avid, regular bicyclists.
Alicia Cameron, marketing manager for Nice Ride Minnesota, leads a group of three bicyclists on Nice Ride bicycles in "the world's slowest bike race" -- a chance for riders to progress as slowly as they could remain upright to a designated finish line.
Visitors to the Winter Wonder event had a fun time trying out sample fat-tire bikes, along an obstacle course set up by the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center.
Tags: Bike Walk Move, Bike Walk Twin Cities, Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis Bike Coalition, Nice Ride, winter biking, Winter Wonder Walk/Ride