Duluth.com Does National Bike to Work Day

Happy National Bike to Work Day! We stopped over at the Minnesota Power Plaza this morning to check out a bike commuter station, organized by the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC).

Cyclists were greeted bright and early with free coffee from Duluth Coffee Company and breakfast from Super One Foods.

We didn’t have a bike for Ali to use, so Eric Miller was kind enough to let us borrow his (and stand by as a spotter for Ali… it was one tall bike!)

MIC Planner Chris Belden says they’ve been participating in Bike to Work Day for about 10 years, and their event continues to grow. This year, they set up several satellite stations around the Twin Ports to help cyclists get a strong start to the day.

Map courtesy of the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) brought a bus to the Minnesota Power Plaza to do bike rack demonstrations. DTA Director of Marketing Heath Hickock says their buses have been equipped with bike racks since 1994, and this was a perfect event to spend time showing cyclists the simple process of mounting their bike.

“People want to be able to test it and see how it works without the pressure of being on a regular route on any given day,” he says.

The DTA is also supporting the Bus Bike Walk campaign by offering free rides to anyone who rides the bus with their bicycle today (Friday, May 19).

Bike to Work Day is part of Bus Bike Walk Month. Belden says there are a number of events going on throughout the month, and attendees receive raffles at each one to win prizes from local businesses, including new running shoes, Huskies baseball game tickets, Timbuk2 bike commuter backpacks, Bent Paddle growlers and merchandise, and Blacklist growlers.