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 http://bikeleague.org/business.

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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.

Bike Month contact: Jordan Kocak, jordan.kocak@hennepin.us, 612-543-3377

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.

  • Tuesday, May 29, 10-11, Hennepin County Government Center – South Minneapolis Service Center, Room 122
  • Thursday, June 21, 10-11, Northwest Family Service Center, Community Room 200

APEX class code:69-HW-BMB

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, route planning and best practices for city riding.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 11-12, Hennepin County Government Center – Employee Development Center (EDC) – next to the HealthWorks office
  • Wednesday, Jun 6, 1-2, Hennepin County Government Center – Employee Development Center (EDC) – next to the HealthWorks office

APEX class code: 69-HW-CB101

Bike month employee group rides

Join your fellow colleagues on a fun and easy-rolling group ride to lunch or happy hour. Both 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 ride@hennepin.us. Updates and ride specific announcements will be sent by email.

Bike to lunch ride:

Midtown Global Market Food Court
Friday, May 11, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Bike to happy hour ride:

Aster Cafe
Thursday, May 24, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bike to work May 18

It's National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. 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 18, 8–9 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.

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. Hennepin County employees can also use PTO or sick leave to be reimbursed for bike gear through Trade Time for Fitness.
  • 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!

Resources for biking to work:

Earn wellness points

  • Sign up for the Zap Program and get “zapped” 12 times for 10 wellness points. You'll also be eligible for prizes through Zap.
  • Use RedBrick Track to track your commuting. Track 15 days or more of healthy activities in a calendar month and earn 5 wellness points.

Get reimbursed for expenses

Employees can get reimbursement for the cost of bicycles and maintenance and repair through 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.

Locations

  • 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)

Cost

  • $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.

Group rides

Employee group rides

Join your colleagues for a group bike ride to happy hour this summer. Rides are hosted by the Bicycle and Pedestrian planning team in Public Works and are casual and conversational. All rides meet and depart from the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza, near the Nice Ride station. Please RSVP by emailing ride@hennepin.us. Rides may be rescheduled due to weather and other considerations.

  • Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. to Aster Cafe (125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414)
  • Thursday, June 14 at 4 p.m. to Pryes Brewing (1401 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55411)
  • Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m. to Sea Salt at Minnehaha Falls (4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417)
  • Thursday, August 16 at 4 p.m. to Bread and Pickle at Lake Harriet (4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55410)
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