Posts Tagged ‘Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee’
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Last month, we featured the bicycle boulevards in Northeast Minneapolis along 5th Street and 22nd Avenue. Today, we take a look at the bicycle lanes that were unveiled along Emerson and Fremont Avenues in North Minneapolis last Fall.
The Emerson and Fremont Ave. bicycle lanes are great north/south routes in north Minneapolis, providing access to nearby destinations on West Broadway and Lowry Avenues and (via connecting routes) to Theodore Wirth Park, the Mississippi River, and Target Field and the rest of downtown Minneapolis. Emerson Ave. runs north from 7th St. and Plymouth Ave. to 33rd Ave. Heading north on Emerson takes cyclists through North Minneapolis into the Jordan neighborhood. Head west on 33rd Ave. and you’ll run into Fremont Ave. to head back south towards Plymouth Ave. Cyclists can also go west on 26th Ave. off of Fremont Ave. to hop on the Theodore Wirth Parkway. There also are bike lanes on Lowry Avenue. And, cyclists can continue north on neighborhood streets to catch bike lanes on 42nd Ave. North and the Weber Parkway/Victory Memorial bike paths (part of the Grand Rounds).
Dedicated bike lanes—among the first in North Minneapolis.
Buffer zones–You’ll also notice some stretches of this route that include “buffer zones”, which protect cyclists to traffic.
Bicycle detection stoplight—You’ll notice this stoplight at the corner of Emerson and Lowry.
Nice Ride Stations:
You’ll find a series of Nice Ride stations along this route (or very close to it):
- Plymouth Ave. N. & Fremont Ave.
- Plymouth Ave. N. & N. Oliver Ave.
- Bryant Ave. N. & W. Broadway
- Go east on the Lowry Ave. bike lanes to catch the 2nd St. North bike lanes near the Mississippi and the Lowry Bridge into Northeast (reopening in 2012) or west to the Victory Memorial bike path on the border with Robbinsdale. Don’t miss this bike/bus shelter at Lowry and Penn.
- Go west on 26th Ave. from Fremont Ave. for access to the Theodore Wirth Parkway and all the trails and spaces of that wonderful park.
- Go east on 7th St. from Plymouth Ave. for access to downtown Minneapolis. The 7th St. route also connects to bike lanes on 10th Ave. N. (toward the River) and Glenwood Ave., where better bike facilities are coming soon. Glenwood Ave. is also home to Milda’s Café (great for breakfast) and the Venture North Bike Walk Center (below).
- Bike lanes on Plymouth Ave. provide another east link to the Mississippi River (and over the Plymouth Ave. bridge into Northeast, when it is rebuilt) and west to Theodore Wirth.
Landmarks and notable businesses along routes (just to name a few):
- Cookie Cart (Emerson & Broadway Ave)
- West Broadway Farmer’s Market at Broadway & Bryant (Fridays from 3-7pm during summer)
- Minneapolis Public School Headquarters (West Broadway & Fremont)
- Shiloh Temple (West Broadway & Fremont)
- Parks—there are a number of parks within a few blocks of these routes including Fairview Park on 26th, Jordan Park between 29th and 30th and the North Commons on 16th
- Cub Foods—between 18th and Broadway (great for those short grocery trips)
- North Regional Library (at the corner of Lowry & Fremont)
- Lowry Café, North End Hardware, Aldi Grocery, Doc’s Gym on Lowry Ave. at Penn Ave., about 10 blocks west of Emerson/Fremont bike lanes
- University of Minnesota Urban Outreach & Research Center–UROC (about 6 blocks west of Fremont)
- Minneapolis Urban League (Plymouth & Penn Avenues)
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Monday, January 9th, 2012
I recently stopped by Venture North Bike Walk Center to chat with them about their first few weeks as a fully functioning bike-walk center and what they have in the plans for 2012.
Venture North Bike Walk Center opened in North Minneapolis right before Thanksgiving in 2011 and offers a full range of services and programs relating to bicycling and community development.
“The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Alicia Adams, Health and Program Outreach Coordinator. “People stop in just to say hi and thank us for being here.”
In addition to providing quality used bicycles at affordable prices and fashionable bicycling accessories, Venture North provides hands-on training to neighborhood youth through their Build a Bike program.
The 16-week Build-a-bike apprenticeship program provides a framework for community youth to learn basic bike repair and maintenance, sales, and customer service skills. Over the course of the program, apprentice mechanics attend two four-hour classes twice a week and then personally shadow the master mechanic to work on individual skills. Current apprentices are fixing up used bikes for the floor of the shop. As the program develops, apprentice mechanics will mentor younger students through the program and earn a free bike.
“We’re more than just a ‘bike shop,’ we provide a fully functioning service center, used bikes, and a community space,” said Casey Pavek, Service and Education Manager. “We fix all sorts of things!” Also, in January 2012, Dogwood Coffee will be opening a small coffee shop inside of Venture North. Coffee and bikes –a great way to build community space!
Venture North Bike Walk Center provides basic bicycle maintenance classes to the broader community and even a couples bike class to encourage people to ride together. Fridays are “Free Flat Fix Fridays at Five,” where community members can come learn the best ways to change a flat tire.
With the apprenticeship course and service center up and running, Venture North is looking towards providing additional programming in 2012. In early 2012, the Center will be hosting a series of events entitled “Dream Because You Can” to encourage all people in the community to give bicycling or walking a try. They will be releasing a video with information about Venture North, free workshops on Thursdays and Saturdays, and a group bike ride to check out new bicycling infrastructure in North Minneapolis and surrounding neighborhoods.
Friday, October 14th, 2011
On Saturday, a few hundred North Minneapolis residents gathered as Venture North Bike Walk & Coffee opened its doors. The bike shop, located at 1830 Glenwood Ave., will sell a full line of new and refurbished bikes, helmets, locks and other biking and walking accessories. What’s more, the shop will also be selling Dogwood Coffee in mid-November featuring its own “Venture North” blend.
The grand opening event on Saturday drew a big crowd and featured local leaders including Minneapolis City Council Members, Don Samuels, Diane Hofstede and Barbara Johnson; Rep. Bobby Joe Champion; Sen. Linda Higgins and a staff member from U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s office. These leaders helped usher in a new era of healthy choices in North Minneapolis. The event also featured music, dancing, face painting, Dogwood coffee, free flu shots, food and a host of other vendors and community partners.
At the same time, new bike lanes were opening on Emerson and Fremont Avenues, which will help make getting around North Minneapolis much easier.
We could go on about the Venture North grand opening in more detail but thought photos from the event would better tell the story.
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