Bike commuting

Hennepin County receives Bicycle Friendly Business designation

In May 2016, Hennepin County received a silver-level "Bicycle Friendly Business" designation from the League of American Bicyclists. This designation recognizes efforts to make the county more welcoming for employees who bike to work. 

Bicycle Friendly Business Feedback Report (PDF)

Learn more about this award and see a map of Bicycle Friendly Businesses at

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May is Bike Month

May is Bike Month, and if you work for Hennepin County, there are some special opportunities to celebrate all the benefits of biking. Sign up for a bike class led by the county’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. Join your co-workers on a group ride to lunch or happy hour. Or, ride for Hennepin all year by signing up for the National Bike Challenge.

Bike month contact: Sierra Saunders,, 612-596-0364

Bike classes

Some basic biking knowledge can help build your confidence and skills to master the urban terrain and keep you and your ride rolling smoothly and safely. 

Hennepin County employees can earn 10 wellness points per class towards the health incentive by registering in APEX and attending any of the courses offered below.  

Basic Bike Maintenance

Get in gear with basic bike maintenance tips. This hands-on class will cover: ABC quick check, fixing a flat, checking and adjusting your brakes, lubricating your chain and other basic maintenance skills. 

  • April 19, 12:00 p.m., 701 Building – Training Room, skyway level
  • May 24, 12:00 p.m., Government Center – EDC Room, street level, south side
  • May 30, 1:00 p.m., North Minneapolis Human Services Center, Community Room 115

APEX class code: 69-HW-BBM

City Biking 101

Learn basic riding skills to get comfortable and stay safe cruising through the city on your bike. This introductory classroom course covers basic rules of the road and best practices for city riding.

  • April 26, 12:00 p.m., Government Center – EDC Room, street level, south side
  • May 31, 12:00 p.m., Government Center – EDC Room, street level, south side

APEX class code: 69-HW-CB101

Bike month employee group rides

Join fellow bicycle-minded colleagues on a fun and easy-rolling group ride to lunch or happy hour each week during Bike Month. All group rides meet and depart from the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza near the Nice Ride station. These rides will be casual and conversational and are weather dependent.

Please RSVP for specific rides by emailing Updates and ride specific announcements will be sent by email.

Bike to lunch rides:

Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Birchwood Café
Wednesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Annie’s Parlour
Wednesday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bike to happy hour rides: 

Midtown Global Market/East Lake Brewery
Friday, May 5, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Art a Whirl Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
Friday, May 19, 4 p.m.

Draft Horse
Friday, May 26, 4 p.m.

Bike to work May 19

It's National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19. Whether it's your first ride to work, or you're a weathered all-season rider, there's no better day to celebrate all the benefits of biking to work. If you're a Hennepin County employee, check out some of the special benefits for bike commuters below on this page.

Bike to Work Day morning celebration

Meet up at the Government Center North Plaza for a fun Bike to Work Day celebration with refreshments, speakers and more.

Friday, May 19, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Hennepin County Government Center, North Plaza
300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487
Rain Location: Government Center, skyway level

Take the pledge to ride.

Experienced bike commuters, County commissioners and Minneapolis City Council members will be leading bike rides starting from different locations around Minneapolis and ending at the North Plaza. Find a ride to join here.

Ride for Hennepin in the National Bike Challenge

Join the National Bike Challenge*, which runs from May 1 to September 30. Log your rides for your chance to win prizes. 

Join the Hennepin County team by adding your workplace when you register. Log miles online and help Hennepin County compete against other local and national employers.

It’s a fun and easy way to challenge yourself and encourage others.

Follow the National Bike Challenge on Facebook for updates on the 2017 challenge.

*This challenge does not qualify for points towards the health incentive.

Biking to work

Why bike to work?

  • Save Money: for the price of a few months of parking and gas, you could purchase a bike and basic gear. As a Hennepin County employee you can also use your PTO or sick leave for bike gear through the Trade Time for Fitness program.
  • Create a cleaner world: Bikes don't pollute, whether its the air, water, or earth. (They're quiet too).
  • Get more done: ride to work and you'll arrive alert, be more productive and have better morale than your peers.
  • Feel healthier and happier: the average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bike and you'll experience a better mood.
  • Most importantly, it's fun!

Here are some resources for biking to work:

Ride Hennepin

Tips for Bicycle Commuting from the League of American Bicyclists

Earn wellness points with the Zap Program

Sign up for the Zap Program and get “zapped” 12 times a month for three months to earn 20 wellness points. Individuals can earn points up to three times a year.  

Zap Program

Get reimbursed for expenses

Employees can get reimbursement for the cost of bicycles and maintenance and repair through the Trade Time for Fitness program.

Trade Time for Fitness

Bike Parking

Make sure your bike is still there at the end of the day – lock it up securely.

  • Register your bike with your local police if possible
  • Use a good U-lock or heavy chain
  • Lock to something sturdy that your bike can’t be lifted over
  • Be sure to lock through the frame and at least one wheel
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit location with foot traffic or “eyes on the street”
  • Do not park your bike where it will block the sidewalk

Secured bike lockers

Contracts run from April 1 to February 28 of the following year.


  • Central Library (Central Library employees only)
  • Family Justice Center (Family Justice Center employees only)
  • Government Center (All county employees)
  • 1800 Chicago (1800 Chicago employees only)


  • $70 per year ($10 key deposit plus $60 locker fee)

How to request a bike locker

  • Interested cyclists can put their names on the waiting list by calling 612-543-3948. A lottery will be held if the waiting list exceeds the numbers of lockers available at each location. 

Secured bike corral

The Harrington Hall Bike Corral is located on the corner of 5th Street & Portland Avenue. Use of the corral is available free of charge to all county employees on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested cyclists can call 612-543-3948 to gain access or be added to the wait list. Contracts run from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.

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