Who we are


SPOKES Bike Walk Connect is a community biking and walking resource in south Minneapolis, with a mission of creating a more informed and diverse biking and walking community to allow them to make use of bicycles and walking for transportation, exercise and recreation. SPOKES does this by working to remove any barriers that make it difficult for people to use bicycles and walk.

We are located near the LRT Bike Trail at 1915 East 22nd Street (1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue, 1 block south of Franklin Avenue and the Franklin LRT station). Browse this site and visit our Facebook Page to find out more about us. SPOKES is a nonprofit and, of course, we would also really appreciate a donation! SPOKES is a  Seward Neighborhood Group, Inc. program.

Plan to Attend E4E’s Wild Things Festival July 26-27 in Osceola, WI (AND, bike there with us)

Wild Things 2013Please join our friends at Eat for Equity for their second annual Wild Things Festival at Lily Springs Farm in Osceola, WI (just a one-hour drive from the Twin Cities or SPOKES will lead a bicycle ride there and back- see below).   All ticket sales support Eat for Equity and their work building a community of generosity through sustainable community feasts.

What’s happening?
- MUSIC from great local musicians including Mississippi Driftwood, Lynn O’Brien Music, the Wailing Loons, The Nightingale Trio, DJ Dig Dug, and live band karaoke
- Wild ADVENTURES of your choosing—canoeing, kayaking, swimming, stand up paddleboarding, hiking
- FEAST on a wild dinner
- WORKSHOPS and activities including yoga, a homebrewing demo, lawn games, and a community-based art project
- TOAST to good friends and good food
- Shhh…bid on awesome items in the SILENT auction
- Sleep under the stars at our CAMP
- Enjoy a farm BREAKFAST with a lake view.

How do I get a ticket?
Get your ticket at https://wildthings2014.eventbrite.com/

How do I get from here to there?
BIKE to the Farm with SPOKES Bike Walk Connect along the Gateway Trail and the St. Croix River. You can sign up for the bike ride when you purchase your ticket.

Interested in biking with us? We will be providing more details next week but here is what you need to know now:

The ride will leave at 9 AM Sat. July 26th from SPOKES.  It is about 50 miles.  While this might sound like a lot, if you are regularly active (bike, walk or jog 3+ times a week) you could do this!  Maps and cue cards provided.  There will be a lunch stop and water stops.  Your camping gear will be schlepped in a vehicle for you.  Expect to arrive at the celebration between 2 and 4:30 PM.  There will be ride leader and sweepers as well as a support vehicle.  On Sunday 7/27, we will leave at 11 AM to pedal back as a group (you could go earlier on your own if you prefer) and we will stop in Scandia, MN for lunch.

Not up for pedaling your way? There will be plenty of parking—we love carpools! 

Here is a link to the Facebook event  Contact E4E for general event info but Please contact us with questions about the bike ride.Hope to see you on July 26th!

Seward Neighborhood History and Architecture Bike Ride Thursday 7/17 6:30 PM

Seward Neighborhood History and Architecture Ride
Thursday July 17, 6:30 PM
Meet at SPOKE Spokes, 1915 E 22nd St.

Description:  Learn about the eclectic architecture of Seward Neighborhood’s varied history on a relaxing ride. Tour guide will be Bob Roscoe (Author of “Milwaukee Avenue: Community Renewal in Minneapolis” and owner of Design For Preservation. Tour will include Milwaukee Avenue, architecture of East 22nd Street, the coop history of Seward Neighborhood (from the 1930s Franklin Cooperative Creamery through the start of Freewheel Bicycle, to Seward Cafe and Seward Community Coop), the machine shop history, immigrant churches……… Two hour ride, about 5 miles, lots of stops. Ending at Pizza Luce or Tracy’s (choice of riders)

Bike Swap at SPOKES

Do you have a bike that is too small? Too big? Not working or just don’t like it?

The cost of new or even refurbished bicycles is prohibitive for many—SPOKES’ mission is to make biking more accessible to everyone, which means addressing cost barriers to purchasing bicycles.

JULY 12, 2014 – 9am-12pm

Bike swap times table as jpgWHAT IT IS:
     Trade your bike for a different one!
Purchase a bike as-is and fix it yourself!

In preparation for the Swap
JULY 9-12th
Drop off bikes Weds 5-9pm, Thurs 5-9pm, Sat 10-5pm or call to make an appointment

WE WANT YOU: 1st annual Potluck/BBQ July 5; 12-3 PM

We are having a potluck/ barbeque Saturday, July 5 from 12-3 to celebrate the holiday, bicycling and all of our great participants,students, customers, interns and volunteers.  Bring a side dish for everyone and something to grill for yourself – we will provide non-alcoholic beverages. All are welcome, hope you can make it!

As always, we will be open for Saturday Open Shop between 1 pm to 5 pm and the Hub Store @ SPOKES (which stocks excellent used bikes and parts/accessories) will be open from 10-5.