SPOKES Bike Walk Connect is a community biking and walking center in south Minneapolis, with a mission of creating a more informed and diverse biking and walking community. We want to help anyone 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 program of the Seward Neighborhood Group, Inc.
HEADS UP! We’re offering a Fall Tune-up Class, in honor of everyone heading back to school!
Logistics: Tuesday, Sept 2, 6pm-8:30pm, at SPOKES
Details: Tuneup Class! Learn the basics of adjusting your bike yourself! We’ll be addressing common ailments like flat tires, squeaky brakes, and surprise shifting.
Space is limited, RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOKES’s learn-to-ride a bike class for adults was featured on WCCO-TV’s Saturday morning local news. Some great video.
You can also check out the recent story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and on the Rails to Trails Conservancy website.
Feel free to donate to SPOKES at Razoo.com
Open Shop—use our tools to fix your bike:
- Wednesdays from 5 PM to 9 PM
- Saturdays from 1 PM to 5 PM
Volunteer Night—no experience needed; a variety of volunteer jobs to do
- Thursdays. Come any time between 5 PM and 9 PM
Hub Store (Great used bikes for sale, plus accessories and parts)
- Wednesdays, 5 PM to 9 PM
- Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM
Seward Community Walks (a different topic every week)
- Every Wednesday. Leaves from the front of Matthews Center at 7 PM
Grease Rag (Women, Transgender and Femme only) Open Shop (With GreaseRag.org)
- 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, 7 PM to 9 PM
Volunteer Training (learn some more about bike mechanics—for our volunteers)
- 2nd Thursday of every month, 6 to 7 PM
Bike Maintenance Classes:
- Back to School Bike Tune-up Class (for all ages) – Tuesday Sept 2, 6-7:30pm
- Rollin-faster Class: How to overhaul hubs & bearings- Tues Sept 30, 6-7:30pm
- Bike Overhaul Class: 6 weeks, Saturday mornings, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8. 9:30-12pm
- Bike Tune-up Class – Tuesday, Nov 4, from 6-8:30pm
- October – Tuesday evenings 6-9pm, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
- November/December – Saturday mornings 9-12pm, Nov 15, 22, Dec 6, 13
Rides and Events:
- Ice Cream Ride – Saturday September 27th, 3pm
- SPOKES End of Summer Party! – Thursday Oct 2nd, 5-8pm
- SPOKES & SNG Fundraiser at Town Hall Brewery – Oct 7, 4:30-6:30
- Fall Colors Ride – Saturday October 11, 3pm
Open Shops and Volunteer nights need no reservation.
For classes, please register by emailing info@SpokesConnect.org or calling 612-787-7433
Thank you to everyone who donated used bikes at our used bike drive at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Fifty-two bikes were donated. THANK YOU.
And, a special thank you to Three Rivers Park District and the folks at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in west Bloomington.
Didn’t donate your bike at Hyland Lake? Feel free to drop off your used bike at SPOKES–we can always make good use of used bikes . You can drop them off whenever we’re open:
- Wednesday evenings from 5 to 9 PM
- Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 PM
- Saturdays from 10 to 5 PM
Three Rivers Park District is hosting a bike donation drive for SPOKES and Hyland Lake Park Reserve. This is a great time to give that unused bike in your garage or storeroom or basement a new home.
Saturday, August 23
10 am to 5 pm
Edgewood Reservation Area
Hyland Lake Park Reserve
10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN
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.
Twenty-two blocks of Franklin Avenue will be closed to all motorized traffic othis Sunday August 17 for 10 AM to 4 PM. From Portland Avenue on the west to 28th Avenue on the East, Bike, walk, rollerblade or skateboard without worrying about cars. Details and a map here.
We may be biased but we think this will be the best Open Street celebration of the year. Why? Because we will have:
- Puppies (adoptable puppies!)
- A player piano
- Puppet shows
- A pop-up indiginous farmers market
- An artists’ enclave
- The Lynx and Timberwolves sponsored basket ball
- The Park Board’s Showmobile–with a great variety of music
- Food specials, and MORE food specials
- A Bouncy Castle
- Ideas for fixing Franklin to make it safer for pedestrians, bike-riders and car-drivers
- A dog wading pool
- Lots of food
There is a great article about SPOKES’ Learn to Ride class in the Rails to Trails Conservancy website. Great comments from two of our students. It is the first of a series of articles about how the Federal Highway Administration’s Non-Moterized Transit Pilot Program changed people’s lives.