🌄Friday, May 9th

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A new designer, Jesse Lindhorst, took the reins of the 30 Days of Biking aesthetic in 2014, and we’re really proud of the creative he created. From a brand_new spoke card to a banner, flyers, handouts, and social squares, he really brought 30 Days of Biking to life! Enjoy his work. We sure did.

🌄Tuesday, May 6th

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On May 3, 2014, we staged a flagship 30 Days of Biking wrap party, at Republic Seven Corners in Minneapolis, Minn. More than 200 people attended, Highchair Kings and Estate’s DJ Power Mountain performed, and through boffo raffle ticket sales, we raised quite a bit of money for Free Bikes 4 Kidz! The party also included a pre_ride that met at Northeast Minneapolis’ Recovery Bike Shop.

These photos of the proceedings are by photographer Mike Beck.

An Inspiring Month, by Jenn Stromberg

📄Tuesday, May 6th

This was Minneapolitan Jenn Stromberg’s first 30 Days of Biking. Here’s her comprehensive report on the results! Above photo provided by Freewheel Bike’s Ben Hovland.

Well, I managed to bike MOST of the 30 days in April … (five days due to illness, being out of town, and general crappy weather fatigue excepted). AND I HAD A GREAT TIME DOING IT!

Here is some of what I learned/discovered:

The challenge to bike every day got me out on my bike usually for at least a half mile… even when it was snowing, raining, and/or barely above freezing. Days I never would have dreamt of biking before. Now I know that it’s not as hard or inconvenient as I thought it would be.

I discovered new trails and further explored ones that I already knew about. I learned how great it is to live just one block off of Bryant Avenue, a bike boulevard, and how easy it is to get to LynLake from my house (I do spend an awful lot of time there, after all).

Biking every day served as a reminder of how much better I feel _ mentally and physically _ when I get outside and exercise.

I got stronger. I’m still not a fan of hills or wind, but I noticed an improvement in how well I’m able to handle them as the month progressed.

Group rides were a fun way to get to know new people and learn more about the Minneapolis biking community _ there were numerous ones planned for those taking part in 30 Days of Biking. I’d never done a group ride before (think 50_100 cyclists), but I learned that I really love them!

Using my bike to actually get places in the city _ instead of just leisurely rides around the lake _ raised my awareness of the challenges bike commuters face. Minneapolis is a relatively bike_friendly city, but being on the *other* side of the whole bikes and cars sharing the road thing was eye_opening. I am more patient and aware as a driver now. (But I still think cyclists should use Bryant instead of Lyndale whenever possible…)

And, while I don’t weigh myself, I believe I managed to shed a couple of those inevitable pesky extra winter pounds _ well before summer has begun!

Will I keep riding? Yes! Probably not every day, but much more frequently than I have in the past. It’s been an inspiring month!

Miles logged in April: 120 (!!!)

Also _ shout outs and big thank yous to 30 Days of Biking organizer Patrick Stephenson, and to my inspiration for participating in my first ever 30 Days of Biking _ Lincoln Scully!

Red Stag Rocks: A Perfect May Destination

📄Monday, May 5th

April may be over, and 30 Days of Biking with it, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of our community of joyful cyclists is gone.

After all, 30 Days of Biking is bigger than just riding a bike. It’s about bringing people together and being joyful — even in weird weather. Many people are continuing their 30 Days journey to see just how far they can go with only a bike. Others will continue to ride when they have time. We encourage you to ride whenever you can, and we love each and every one of you for doing it! Those of you who don’t get to ride often, enjoy the heck out of it when you do.

If you’re in search of a ride, and you also want a great dinner, we know just the right place to pedal (or drive, no judgment). It’s our sponsor, the Red Stag Supperclub. If you’ve never been, go check it out this month. In 2007, Red Stag opened as the first certified LEED_Cl restaurant in Minnesota, serving contemporized supper club fare, classic cocktails, and an extensive beer & wine list.

They’re setting an example for how restaurants can serve good food, support the environment, and brighten their community at the same time. They serve local and organic, if it’s possible to find it from our local farmers and growers. In fact, it would be hard to find anything not local on the menu (unless you look at the craft beers we believe some of those come from out of state).

They have your typical drink specials too, Monday – Friday 3 – 6 p.m. and Monday – Thursday, 10 p.m. to close, Sundays 3 p.m. – close. And of course they have delicious late_night happy hour food specials available.

Got a hot date? Come on, we know you do! That bike isn’t going to show itself off now, is it? Go visit the Red Stag on Tuesday nights from 5 to 10pm for their cheap date night special: a bottle of wine, 2 entrees, and dessert for only $32 per couple! Also, during May, to celebrate Preservation Month, the Red Stag is featuring a special Heritage Menu each week, highlighting an architectural era and style. Check out their website to learn more about it!

One last thing before we forget: In a perfect match with 30 Days of Biking, the Red Stag has a special that rewards safe riding and biking to their supperclub: “Safety First _ Quench Your Thirst!” Enjoy $2 tallboys when you wear your bike helmet on your next ride to the Red Stag.

How to Find Joy Midst Grief, by Eunice Chang

📄Friday, May 2nd

Today’s must, must, must_read is this 30 Days of Biking report from Eunice Chang.

"Background: My partner of 11 years, Seth Vidal, was killed in a hit and run in July 2013 while biking. Bikes have haunted me since, not just because he was an avid cyclist, but also because we rode a tandem, and it was ‘our thing’ for a long, long time. I have never really rode by myself, because I was never comfortable riding in traffic and I never learned to ride a bike until I was 27 (Seth taught me). It was time for me to learn how to rediscover joy on a bike.”

Read Eunice’s story here: http://bit.ly/1n66fzH

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