Bike To Work Week Kickoffs on May 13th

Active Living is looking forward to the beginning of spring and another successful Bemidji Bike and Walk Month in 2013. On May 6th, May Albrecht signed a proclamation declaring May as Bike and Walk Month in Bemidji and on May 7th Active Living Bemidji and Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota gave a presentation during Sustainable Tuesdays at the Rail River Folk School. We discussed the importance of walking and biking and the Bike Alliance presented on how to bike safely. In addition, May also marks the unveiling of projects including the Wellness Walking Routes, new Active Living Downtown kiosk signs, and a new bike map. But one of the biggest events this May will be Bemidji Bike To Work Week from May 13th to May 17th.

During Bike To Work Week, residents are encourage to put down their car keys and pick up their bike helmets. Bike To Work Week is a national event with communities around the country celebrating. During this week, people who commute by bicycle can stop into a different location each day from 8 am to Noon, show their bike helmet, and pick up some complementary gifts or healthy food options. These locations are called energizer stations. Active Living Bemidji will also be handing out gifts and food for riders to re-energize from their commute. Gifts will vary from day to day. The following locations are scheduled to be energizer stations during this week:

  • Monday May 13th: Harmony Foods Co-op

  • Tuesday May 14th: The Cabin Coffeehouse and Cafe

  • Wednesday May 15th: Bemidji Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Information Center

  • Thursday May 16th: Bemidji City Hall

  • Friday May 17th: The Bike Guy Bike Shop & Northern Cycle Bike Shop

For more information on Bemidji Bike To Work Week and other Active Living Bemidji events, please contact Josh Pearson at (218) 333-6531.

Who we are

Active Living Bemidji is a partnership of organizations in the Bemidji Area whose goal is to make physical activity and healthy living a part of daily life for residents. Active living is about shifting attitudes toward physical activity, changing behaviors, and improving the overall health of people in the Bemidji Community. Founded through a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Prevention Minnesota campaign in 20009, Active Living Bemidji works to increase the daily physical activity in the community through the 5 P’s: Preparation, Planning, Policy, Promotion, and Physical Improvements. Through deliberate and collective action, Active Living Bemidji strives to make Bemidji a place…

  • Where there exists a mutual respect among all modes of transportation

  • Recognized national as a safe and healthy place to live

  • Accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians as it is for motor vehicles

  • Where physical activity is safe, easy, accessible, and a common occurrence for residents

  • With strong connections allowing people to comfortably navigate to and from destinations

  • Where children can safely walk and bicycle to school

  • Parks and Recreation

    The mission of Bemidji’s Parks and Recreation Department is to provide facilities, activities, and parklands to enrich the lives of citizens and tourists. The Park and Recreation Department maintains approximately 205 acres and 19 parks, maintains all trees on public property including boulevards and parklands, operates the Neilson Reise Arena and provides a variety of recreation programs and activities.

    Fit City

    A city in Minnesota that supports and encourages its residents to be more physically active may be designated as a Governor’s Fit City. The City of Bemidji was awarded the “Fit City” designation in 2009, due to the City’s commitment to providing opportunities for physical activity to people who live, work, and play within the city. These opportunities allow people to make the choice to be more physically active.

Active Living Bemidji

Parks and Recreation

Fit City Bemidji

Josh Pearson
Development Specalist HRDC

Marcia Larson
Parks & Recreation Director

Marcia Larson
Parks & Recreation Director

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