SPOKES Bike Walk Connect is a community biking and walking center. It is the south Minneapolis branch of Cycles for Change. Our mission is to build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists. 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 Hiawatha LRT (Blue Line) 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. Cycles for Change is a nonprofit and, of course, we would really appreciate a donation!
For programs in St. Paul and the Community Partners Bike Library, visit the Cycles for Change website.
WHEN: Saturday May 16th, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Spokes, 1915 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
WHAT: Bike Swap and Sale and Used Bike Parts Sale
You will be able to:
- Buy a used bike, as-is
- Swap your current bike for another—a bike-for-bike trade!
- Buy some great used parts
All bikes will be in “as-is” condition, and may need additional work– customers will be able to purchase parts and work on swapped bikes during special open-shop hours that morning. Don’t know how? No problem, mechanics will be available to help you fix your bike yourself!
QUESTIONS? Email email@example.com , or call 612-787-7433
DONATIONS ACCEPTED! We will also be accepting bicycle donations for the event—they will be used to support programs at Cycles for Change, whether fixed for sale, other programs, or as a swap bike.
Do you want to learn how to ride a bike? Maybe you never learned how to ride. Maybe you haven’t ridden a bike for 30 years and want to try it again. The SPOKES location of Cycles for Change is again offering our Learn-to-Ride course.
In four hour-and-a-half classes we start with putting you on a bike that is short enough that both your feet can touch the ground. Then we send one or two sessions (it depends on the individual) on you learning how to balance. We progress to braking, peddling, turning and other safe riding skills. The class is open to anyone over 13 years old (we’ve had a couple students close to 70 years old). Click here for more information about the course.
We now have five or our learn to ride courses scheduled. The courses will start in mid-April. The course is free (but we do ask for a donation). We provide a helmet and a bike to use at the class. Click here for the schedule and how to register.
If you want more about the course:
The learn-to-ride a bike course was featured on WCCO-TV’s Saturday morning local news. Some great video. You can also check out the story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Star Tribune also has a fun video about the program.
A BIG THANK YOU to Health Partners for the significant financial support they are providing to the Learn-to-Ride program for 2015!
Two other organizations deserve a significant thank you:
Nice Ride donated one year memberships for our 2015 Learn-to-Ride students–They can keep practicing on Nice Ride bikes until they get one of their own.
American Academy of Neurology has donated helmets for all of our 2015 students!
Bike-week Wednesday– May 13, 5 to 7 pm
Kick off the biking season with Cycles for Change! This year we’re partying at our Minneapolis SPOKES location. There will be:
- bike games,
- door prizes,
- connect with other bikers, and
- a chance to check out the space.
This will be a fun, informal gathering– bring a dish to share if you’d like! A grill will be available.
We had eleven people show up as SPOKES last week to learn how to teach adult learn-to-ride classes. It was a fantastic group. Weather was a little cool but it was great fun!
The used bike drive at REI Bloomington store last Saturday was GREAT. Got some great bikes for our Earn-a-Bike program. Thank you to REI for going the extra mile of providing 20% coupons for anyone who donated a bike. And a big thank you to everyone who donated a bike (or multiple bikes.)
The REI Bloomington store is hosting a bike donation drive for SPOKES. This is a great time to give that unused bike in your garage or storeroom or basement a new home.
FLASH!–Thanks to REI– a coupon good for a 20% discount off one regular price REI or Novara brand item (Not good for new bicycles) to everyone who drops off a used bike on Saturday! (A limited number of coupons are available– only available while supplies last so drop off your bike early)
Saturday, April 25
9 am to 5 pm
50 W American Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55420
Phone: (952) 884-4315
For more information, email SPOKES at info@SpokesConnect.org.
SPOKES makes great use of the used bikes for–
- Our Earn-a-Bike Program
- Our Learn-to-Ride Program
- Parts for other bikes
- Our Community Partners Bike Library
- Rehabilitation for sale to help pay our costs.
More Details here.
Ana (SPOKES’ Manger) was on Minnesota Public Radio this morning with Casey Wollschlaeger from the Hub —live call-in was 11:15 Friday morning. “Get in gear: How to get your bike road-ready this season.” You can listen online at MPR