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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-596-0364
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 email@example.com. 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.
Wednesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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.
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.