June 2010 Midtown Greenway Coalition E-news


June 2010 E-news

seperatorJoin in the Wondrous Whimsy at Tour de Fat 2010

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The Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 western cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle, and will be stopping in Loring Park, Minneapolis on Saturday, July 10th!
Along with their exceptional ability to roust a city's inner-cyclist, in 2010 New Belgium Brewing hopes to drive their message even deeper by bringing Minneapolis the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival imaginable.
 Proceeds from the event benefit the Midtown Greenway Coalition, Minnesota Off-Road Cyclist, and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

In addition to attending the festival on the 10th, there are two ways you can have even more of a blast at this year's Tour de Fat:

  • Become a local hero featured in the Tour de Fat parade by giving up your car in exchange for an excellent, limited edition Black Sheep Commuter Bike.  Email Zach Levis at New Belgium for more information.
  • Sign up to volunteer at the festival- spots are available between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and are going fast, so email Lauren at the Coalition today to snag a spot.  Don't forget about the free beers and TDF t-shirt that all volunteers receive!


Love the Greenway?  Take the Greenway Challenge!

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Exciting news- the date of the first annual Coalition bike-a-thon fundraiser, The Greenway Challenge, has been changed to September 25th!  What does this mean for you?  There's still time to register to ride and raise pledges to keep the Greenway you love safe and beautiful.

Riders in The Greenway Challenge will be delighted by live music, colorful community art, and delicious snacks along all 5.5 miles of the Greenway on event day, followed by an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the 10th Avenue Greenway entrance Cepro site.  You can start your 44 miles as early as 11:00 a.m.

Register to ride today, either online at Active.com, or by contacting Lauren (612-879-0106) for a hard copy registration and pledge form.

Lead event sponsors: Freewheel Bike, KFAI Radio, Penn Cycle, Quality Bicycle Products, Target
Additional sponsors:Calhoun Cycle, Cars-R-Coffins, Dero Bike Racks, The Hub Bicycle Co-op, The Wedge Co-op, Sunrise Cyclery, Nature's Path, Tiger Sushi, Breadsmith, Peace Coffee


Wanted: Volunteers for Gardening on the Greenway


The Greenway can't be beautiful all on it's own…..it needs friends to lend a hand every once in a while.  Want  to be a Greenway friend?   Help us whip those gardens into shape by spending an evening or two this summer weeding and mulching those lovely patches of heaven you pass by each day.  The plants will be so pleased.
The first fun filled evening of weeding will take place Monday, June 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. near the Smith Foundry. Please let us know if you plan on attending or if you'd like to hear of future events.  Hope to see you out in the gardens!  Contact Theresa Nelson to sign up.


Welcome to the Neighborhood, Nice Ride

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The Coalition is happy to have Nice Ride, the new bike share program of Minneapolis, as our office neighbors across the hall next to the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center.

This exciting new program will make biking an accessible transportation option for even more Twin Cities dwellers.  With 1000 bikes in 60 kiosks scattered across the city it's possible to make a multitude of trips by bike.

Visit the Nice Ride website for more information and to become a bike share subscriber.


Launch of the Midtown Greenway Corridor Map this July

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Early July marks the debut of 2010 Midtown Greenway Corridor Map — a complete biking/running/walking map and resource guide for neighborhoods, parks and business districts all along the Midtown Greenway Trail. Lake Street Council and Midtown Greenway Coalition sponsor this FREE trails map!  The map includes running/biking mileage points, trail access and business districts that surround the trail.  Find great places to eat,  shop and be entertained all along the corridor!

The maps are FREE and available at the sponsors, running/biking gear stores, specialty shops, select restaurants & coffee shops, hotels, neighborhood organizations and community centers throughout Midtown Greenway Corridor and Twin Cities area. 

Please contact Minnehaha Media for sponsorship and distribution opportunities. Midtown Greenway Coalition members receive a discount off the sponsorship rate!  Minnehaha Media is a new division of Hedberg Maps focusing on seriously great, sponsor-supported, free, folded to pocket-size maps.


Thanks to all of our members and supporters who have made the work of the Midtown Greenway Coalition a smashing success. We are well on our way to creating a great Greenway and all the thanks goes to YOU, those who have helped out with financial support and valuable volunteer time.

The Midtown Greenway Coalition is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. To become a new member, renew your membership, or make additional donations please visit our web site to make a secure donation on-line:

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