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.

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

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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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