Active Living Blog

MnDOT Kicks Off A New Pedestrian Share the Road Campaign

Posted: 504 days ago

The campaign was officially launched on September 25, 2012 in St. Cloud, Duluth, Rochester, Minneapolis, and St. Paul where crosswalk events were held. The slogan, “Pedestrian safety is a two-way street” emphasizes the need for everyone, pedestrians and motorists alike to take responsibility and pay attention to laws. A focused message from the campaign is importance to, effectively and safely “share the road”. Efforts like this campaign work to ensure safe multi-use streets in Minnesota. Furthermore, Share The Road provides tools to communities, schools, counties, and additional areas to do what’s necessary to ensure safety for pedestrians.

Go to sharetheroadmn.org then onto Share the Road- Pedestrian for more information.

The Share the Road-Pedestrian website has a variety of options for tabs to browse. The Safety Tips tab provides three main rules for both Motorists and Pedestrians to follow. Listed below each rule are more suggested safety guidelines.

The following rules are provided for motorists:


  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks

  • Watch for pedestrians at all times

  • Avoid distracted and aggressive driving

The following rules are provided for pedestrians:


  • Look before you cross

  • Make yourself visible to drivers

  • Avoid dangerous and distracted behaviors

From the Share the Road- Pedestrian page go click onto the Safety Tips tab for more information in suggested safety guidelines.

The website has a tab called Crosswalk Law, featured is a list of highlights to familiarize people with various laws pertaining to pedestrian safety.
The website has a tab called Crash Facts; this page contains many facts that were collected by Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts Report.
There are several tabs that provide additional resources, materials, news items, and contact information.

CHECK IT OUT!

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS for Active Living Bemidji Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

Posted: 601 days ago

Active Living Bemidji will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts in the Bemidji Area from 4-6 p.m. on September 11th, 12th, and 13th and from 10-Noon on September 15th and is seeking volunteer counters. These counts will help us understand how many people in Bemidji are walking and biking and assist MnDOT and the Minnesota Department of Health in planning for bicyclist and pedestrians. We want to know in the future how our activities to promote and encourage Active Living translates into real increases in people walking, biking, and being active. We are seeking volunteer counters to take tallies of bikers and walkers at various locations on the dates above. It only takes 2 hours of your time to help Active Living in this project.

Volunteers are also asked to attend a one hour training session where they will receive an information packet about how to tally walkers and bikers and what site they will be located at and an Active Living t-shirt.

These training sessions will be held at the following times:
• Tues Sept 4th from 6-7 p.m. Ozawindib Room, Hubson Memorial Union, BSU Campus
• Wed Sept 5th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Conference Room, Bemidji City Hall
• Thurs Sept 6th from 6-7 p.m. Ozawindib Room, Hubson Memorial Union, BSU Campus
• Mon Sept 10th from 5-6 p.m. HRDC Offices 403 4th Street NW Suite 310 Downtown Bemidji

If you are interested in volunteering please visit the site below to sign up and select a location to participate in bicycle and pedestrian counts.

SIGN UP HERE

Lisa Martin biked to work and could smell the apple bloosoms.

Posted: 703 days ago

Good morning Natalie,

I wanted to thank you for your efforts regarding the organized
Bemidji Bike Month.

I had an awesome bike ride to work yesterday, Monday.
I found out you can’t smell the beautiful scent of the apple
bloosom trees, or flowering trees along the way in a car!
What a gorgeous morning it was, and the ride back home
was so relaxing…temp was wonderfully warm!

As children see their parents take part in this, we encourage
future generations to stay healthy.

It was great to see one other biker on my path, heading to work!

Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Lisa Martin

Press release: Ride your bike to work during "Bike to Work Week" May 14-18, 2012

Posted: 710 days ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 11, 2012

Contact: Natalie Gille
Phone: #218-333-6543
Email: ngille@hrdc.org
Website: http://www.activelivingbemidji.com/

RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK DURING “BIKE TO WORK WEEK” MAY 14-18, 2012

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – Where can bicyclists go during Bike to Work Week to receive FREE gifts and enter for a chance to win FREE prizes? Ride your bike to an Energizer Station!
What is an Energizer Station? Energizer Stations are designated locations set up throughout Bemidji during Bike to Work Week, May 14-18, 2012, for bicyclists to stop at during their bike commute and receive a FREE snack, beverage or other gifts and enter daily drawings for FREE prizes!

Energizer Station locations
Monday, May 14: The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café
Tuesday, May 15: Harmony Foods Co-op
Wednesday, May 16: Boys and Girls Club Bemidji
Thursday, May 17: Bemidji City Hall
Friday, May 18: The Bike Guys Ski and Bicycle Shop; The Home Place Bike and Ski Shop

FREE prize drawings at the Energizer Stations during Bike to Work Week (varies by location)
• Leg Shields http://www.bikelegstrap.com/
• Headlight and taillight set
• Yehuda Moon Comic Books
• “Spend less, pollute less, weigh less” t-shirt
• Rivendell cycling cap

FREE gifts at the Energizer Stations during Bike to Work Week (varies by location)
• Coffee, tea, or fountain soda, and fruit
• Bike helmets (limited supply for kids at the Bike Rodeo on May 16th)
• Helmtops to decorate kids bike helmets http://www.helmtops.com/
• Athletic bags, water bottles, and t-shirts
• City of Bemidji Recreational program brochures
• Bike route maps
• Energy Chews and Energy Bars
ABC quick check cards and MN cycling law wallet version

Local sponsors of Bemidji Bike Month include: The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, City of Bemidji, The Bike Guy Ski and Bicycle Shop, Shifting Gears, Bemidji State University, Bemidji Bike Club, Boys and Girls Club Bemidji, Active Living, The Home Place Bike and Ski Shop, Sanford Health, MN Green Corps, Harmony Foods Co-op, Neilson Foundation, and Leg Shield.

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If you would like more information on Bemidji Bike Month events, please call Natalie Gille #218-333-6543 or email Natalie at ngillehrdc.org.

Press release: Ride your Bike with Bemidji Bike Club on May 1st to kick-off Bemidji Bike Month

Posted: 724 days ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 27, 2012

Contact: Natalie Gille
Phone: #218-333-6543
Email: ngille@hrdc.org
Website: http://www.activelivingbemidji.com/

RIDE YOUR BIKE WITH BEMIDJI BIKE CLUB ON MAY 1ST TO KICK-OFF BEMIDJI BIKE MONTH

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – If you’re looking for a way to kick-off the summer season of bicycling in Bemidji, look no further than the Bemidji Bike Club.

This local community group of bicyclists, invites riders of all ages, abilities, and disciplines to join them on May 1st @ 6:00pm for a bike ride to kick-off Bemidji Bike Month. The group will meet at Paul & Babe and then take a nice, easy loop around Lake Bemidji.
Stay tuned for future events with the Bemidji Bike Club. This group is planning to put together some clinics for the spring and summer, including the following.
• Spring tune-up
• On the road emergency repairs
• Road Riding Etiquette
• Group riding basics
• Single-track mountain bike introduction

Trying to think of something fun, exciting and healthy to do on a Tuesday or Thursday evening? Join the Bemidji Bike Club for one of their weekly rides, with Tuesday evenings being open to all and Thursday evenings, also open for all, but geared for those cyclists who are more experienced and seeking a challenging ride.

Other events taking place during Bemidji Bike Month include:
• May 14-18 Bike to Work Week. Been thinking about cycling to work? Here is your chance to give it a try. Share commuting adventure stories in the commuter challenge by sending an email to: ngille@hrdc.org .
• May 14 Energizer Station at The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café.
• May 15 Energizer Station at Harmony Foods.
• May 16 Energizer Station, Bike Rodeo and Bike Exchange at Boys and Girls Club Bemidji.
• May 17 Energizer Station at Bemidji City Hall.
• May 18 Bike to Work Day. Energizer Station at The Bike Guy Ski and Bicycle Shop and The Home Place Bike and Ski Shop.

FREE PRIZES! There will be daily drawings during Bike to Work Week (May 14-18) at each of the Energizer Stations. Ride your bike to the Energizer Stations to put your name in the daily drawings and get your FREE gift.

Local sponsors of Bemidji Bike Month include: The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, City of Bemidji, The Bike Guy Ski and Bicycle Shop, Shifting Gears, Bemidji State University, Bemidji Bike Club, Boys and Girls Club, Active Living, The Home Place Bike and Ski Shop, Sanford Health, MN Green Corps, and Harmony Foods.

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If you would like more information on Bemidji Bike Month events, please call Natalie Gille #218-333-6543 or email Natalie at ngillehrdc.org.

Bike Rodeo on May 16th, 4:00-6:30pm

Posted: 726 days ago

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (April 25, 2012) – Bring your children to the Boys and Girls Club for the Bike Rodeo on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00-6:30pm. This fun event teaches cycling safety and skills. Free helmets and other prizes will be given away. There will be a limited number of reconditioned bikes given away to children in need of a bike. Parents must be present and the child must participate in the rodeo to receive a bike. First come first served.

We are collecting bikes from April 15-30th. Bikes must be in working condition (e.g. gears and pedals turn) and they can be dropped off at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, located at 1600 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

See you at the Bike Rodeo on May 16th!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast

Press Release: Ride Your Bike During May to Celebrate Bemidji Bike Month

Posted: 728 days ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23, 2012

Contact: Natalie Gille
Phone: #218-333-6543
Email: ngille@hrdc.org
Website: http://www.activelivingbemidji.com/

RIDE YOUR BIKE DURING MAY TO CELEBRATE BEMIDJI BIKE MONTH

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – Spring is in the air and it’s time to get out your bike! The City of Bemidji and the League of American Bicyclist have declared May “Bemidji Bike Month.” Bike to work week is May 14-18, 2012 culminating in Bike to Work Day; Friday May 18th.

Mayor Dave Larson urges everyone to bike to work or try cycling for fun, fitness or transportation.

Events during Bemidji Bike Month include:
• May 1 Bemidji Bike Club Ride 6:00pm; start at Paul & Babe. Fast or slow, get out and share the joy of cycling with a group. • May 14-18 is Bike to Work week. Been thinking about cycling to work? Here is your chance to give it a try. Share commuting adventure stories in the commuter challenge by sending an email to: ngillehrdc.org .
• May 14 First day of Bike to work week! Energizer Station at The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, a Bike Friendly Business (BFB) applicant, is offering a FREE coffee, tea, fountain drink, or Italian soda if you show your helmet anytime on this day.
• May 15 Energizer Station at Harmony Foods is offering a FREE item if you show your helmet anytime on this day.
• May 16 Bike Rodeo @ 4:00-6:30pm: Bring your young children to the Boys and Girls Club for the Bike Rodeo. This fun event teaches cycling safety and skills. Free helmets and other prizes. There will be a limited number of reconditioned bikes given away to children in need of a bike. Parents must be present and the child must participate in the rodeo to receive a bike. First come first served.
• May 17 Energizer Station at City Hall, a Bike Friendly Community (BFC) pending applicant, offering a FREE gift if you show your helmet anytime on this day.
• May 18 Bike to work day and the last day of Bike to Work week! Energizer Stations at two of our local Bemidji bike shops – The Bike Guy Ski and Bicycle Shop, a Bike Friendly Business (BFB) applicant, and The Home Place. Show your helmet anytime on this day to receive a FREE water bottle and local bike route map at The Bike Guy Ski and Bicycle Shop and a FREE gift at The Home Place.

FREE PRIZES! There will be daily drawings during Bike to Work Week (May 14-18) at each of the Energizer Stations. Ride your bike to the Energizer Stations to put your name in the daily drawings and get your FREE gift.

“Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out. And this year, with gasoline prices as high as they are, biking to work makes more sense than ever.” Andy Clarke, President League of American Bicyclists.

Local sponsors include: The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, City of Bemidji, The Bike Guy Ski and Bicycle Shop, Shifting Gears, Bemidji State University, Bemidji Bike Club, Boys and Girls Club, Active Living, The Home Place, Sanford Center, MN Green Corps, and Harmony Foods.

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If you would like more information on Bemidji Bike Month events, please call Natalie Gille #218-333-6543 or email Natalie at ngillehrdc.org.

Biking to work…increases my attendance?

Posted: 752 days ago

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (March 30, 2012) – How could biking to work possibly increase your attendance record? Doesn’t it take longer and cause you to be late for work? The OPPOSITE is actually true.

Recently, a question was posted to a Bike Commuter online discussion group I’m a part of, “Link between commuting by bike and attendance at work?” There wasn’t an overwhelming discussion on the topic, but here are my thoughts I shared with that group and will now share with you.

Bicycling to work, first of all, allows me to work less. Although I don’t bike year round, during the months I do commute to work by bike I save more than $100 a month over car drivers who pay for gas and insurance. There are also definite health benefits to bicycling to work, in addition to the economic benefit, that for me include increased energy, toned muscles, shift in focus to eat for nutrition, and healthy blood pressure. This has been an equation for healthy living, which keeps my attendance record at work in good shape.

I highly recommend biking to work. It’s a great way to start the day by getting the blood pumping (literally!), clearing your mind, and especially here around Lake Bemidji and connecting trails – enjoy the beautiful scenery. What an amazing way to start the day! You may even catch a sunrise or sunset, depending upon when you commute.

See you on the trails!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast

Hoops in the clean, crisp morning air

Posted: 755 days ago

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (March 27, 2012) – It is great weather for hoops at Nymore Park! The basketball court is fenced in, rectangular half-court size with line-markings for 3-second lanes, free throws, out of bounds and of course the half-circle line designating for those skilled players, the 3-point line. There are regulation height hoops at each end of the court; however, the backboards and rims are not very forgiving. The fence is higher behind the hoops, as tall as the rims, and still taller than I on each side.

Those first couple bounces of the basketball and first shot of the day, remind me that a lap around the court is definitely worthwhile to stretch out my muscles and get warmed up to exercise. Morning hoops at Nymore Park can be a tranquil, yet invigorating experience. It’s quiet, but you’re moving and basketball will do the trick for toning muscles and conditioning your lungs and heart, if like many Minnesotans, you’ve “hibernated” over the winter and given your body a little bit of a break. Take it slow and ease into any exercise routine, even if you’re planning to just shoot a few hoops with friends. Basketball can be demanding on your muscles, lungs, and cardiovascular system, and it’s good to pay attention to your fitness level and adjust your workouts accordingly.

The teenagers don’t usually start rolling in until afternoon and their games appear competitive and organized. If you’d like to bring your family out to shoot some baskets and bring the youngest in a stroller, earlier is better. When I played hoops at Nymore Park this past Sunday morning, I actually witnessed this – a young couple rolled their child in a stroller out onto the court, just past the 3-point line and positioned the stroller to view the parents playing basketball…well at least, until the point when he jumped out of the stroller and started running around screaming. But, aside from the child’s brief tantrum, this family played at one end of the court and I shot hoops at the other. It worked.

Playing basketball is a great way to exercise and spend time with your family and friends, while keeping your body in shape and staying fit. In addition to basketball at Nymore Park, one can utilize two full-size tennis courts, also enclosed by a fence – a tall one – and other playground equipment. There is a field for football and soccer, although no soccer nets, and a mix of trees and shrubs for shade, to relax with a book or picnic lunch.

Spring is in the air, even though it’s still early in the season. Enjoy this unseasonably warm and early springtime nature has given us by enjoying the great outdoors.

See you at the parks!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast

Two wheels and a tailwind

Posted: 768 days ago

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (March 14, 2012) – It’s been beautiful weather this past week in Bemidji and I took it all in on two wheels last night, riding my bike on the trail along Lake Bemidji and over the Mississippi River past Bemidji State University (BSU) to Diamond Point Park. The park was pretty full of puddles and some snow, but the trails were clear along the south and west sides of Lake Bemidji.

I’m not always as good at bike maintenance as I should be, but last night on my first bike ride of 2012 filled with a mix of curiosity and dread, I felt like it was important to find out how my bike faired over the winter before taking it for a spin. I gave my bike the inquisitive stare, noticing the rip in my bike seat was still not repaired, and then rolled it out of the garage to take a closer look. Squeezed the tires, which needed a little air; clasped the brake levers one at a time, brakes along the tires moved as I expected them to (hoped at least!); and I was off. This was definitely a quick check, since I took all of 45 seconds or so to complete; however, since I identified the need for air in my tires, I promptly made a maintenance stop at Holiday down the street. (In Bemidji, Minnesota, at the Holiday, it’s free to use their air compressor to fill your tires.)

It was smooth sailing, as I rolled clockwise along the bike trail from the Sanford Center to Diamond Point Park, passing many walkers and a few other cyclists along the way. The lake still appeared frozen; however, signs of melting were apparent along the Mississippi inlet and as I glanced across the lake, large puddles have begun to form in the unseasonably warm sunshine.

Diamond Point Park was hopping with kids on the playground and a few others biking and walking along the paths. In the spirit of being adventurous, I zipped through piles of snow and ice, pedaling like I was competing to qualify for an Ironman – at a safe speed of course. There were quite a few stretches of the path submerged in water from the melting snow; however, nothing too treacherous or very difficult to navigate.

Nature provided me with some resistance training on the way back into town, blowing favorable gusts for the cyclists going in the opposite direction as I. This didn’t bother me one bit, since it had been last fall when I last rolled on two wheels. I was in the moment, enjoying the sunshine, warmer temperatures and being part of an active community here in Bemidji, Minnesota.

See you on the trails. Roll on!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast