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5 Years of St. Paul Women On Bikes & What’s Next

May 13, 2019

Adults and children biking together on an off-street trail in Saint Paul during a Move Minnesota community bike ride.

Another fantastic spring biking season is underway! While dedicated funding for our St. Paul Women on Bikes program has now ended, Move Minnesota is excited to continue working to spread the joy of biking to more people and to make sure our streets and communities are safe and welcoming for bicyclists of all ages, abilities, and genders.

We are so proud of what the St. Paul Women on Bikes program and everyone who has been involved have accomplished together: from successfully pushing for the creation and implementation of Saint Paul’s first-ever bike plan, to engaging new riders, and advancing countless bike projects across the city.

Thanks to all of the women and families who have joined us on this journey to make Saint Paul an easier, safer, and fun place to bike! And special thanks to the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN for generously funding this important work over the past five years.

We know there is more progress to be made. In Saint Paul, there are many needs on our streets, and we see advocating for those who are most vulnerable is advocating for us all. Going forward, Move Minnesota will need help from our Women on Bikes network and all of our supporters to grow a vocal, inclusive community of people who bike, walk, roll, and use transit—and to shape and support local and regional projects especially in areas that have been chronically underserved. We hope you’ll join us!

This month, we are kicking off a busy season of events and activities with the annual Bike to Work Day celebration on Friday, May 17 in downtown Saint Paul. Pedal over to Black Dog Cafe for free treats and coffee with us between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

We’re already planning for an upcoming Ford Spur bike ride and other project-related rides in Saint Paul. This year, we also would like to offer educational events and rides that bring together women, trans, femme, and non-binary riders and will be seeking partners to do so. We want to plan community events that are defined by the communities we work with. Have ideas? Let us know.

If you’ve been engaged through our St. Paul Women on Bikes program in the past, make sure you’re signed up for Move Minnesota emails and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about new rides and opportunities to get involved. Happy Biking!