photo by Dawn Wilson
Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) donated $2,000, split between the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN), Midtown Greenway Coalition and Three Rivers Parks from the proceeds of its 2012 Tour D’Amico ride, that is held each 4th of July. Funds donated to: BikeMN will be used for statewide bicycle safety and education; To the Midtown Greenway Coalition for use on trail maintenance and improvements; And the donation to the Three Rivers Parks will also be used for trail maintenance and improvements. These are trail corridors many of the HBC club rides enjoy using.
After handing the check (pictured here) to Patty Soldner of Bike MN, HBC President, John Hardy stated: “We are very happy to support these three Minnesota organizations which make bicycling so enjoyable. The club has been involved in community projects related to bicycle promotion and safety since its inception in 1999. HBC hopes that the contributions made from its annual fund raising ride will help raise awareness in the communities we ride in and of the need to support these types of organizations; those who help to improve the safety and those who maintain all the great bicycle infrastructure we have here in Minnesota.”
For the past 12 years, HBC volunteers have produced Tour D’Amico, which has been sponsored by D’Amico & Sons restaurants, Jerry’s Foods and Bruegger’s Bagels in the Preserve Village Shopping Center of Eden Prairie, Sunrise Cyclery, and Tonka Cycle. In 2013, the 4th of July ride will move to a new starting location with new scenic routes, still visiting several D’Amico & Sons restaurant locations along the way.
About the Bicycle Alliance of MN
One of BikeMN’s priority initiatives is to develop an education program to teach bicyclists of all ages to safely navigate streets and trails with vehicle traffic and pedestrians. BikeMN uses the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Smart Cycling curriculum taught by volunteer League Cycling Instructors (LCI's). www.bikemn.org/education/
About the Midtown Greenway Coalition
A coalition of neighborhoods, organizations, and individuals who love the Midtown Greenway and want to protect and enhance it. Our mission is to empower communities to develop, improve, protect, and enjoy the Midtown Greenway as a green urban corridor to improve people's lives. www.mngreenway.org/
About the Three Rivers Park
Biking in Three Rivers is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you’re the casual rider or a cyclist in training, you’ll appreciate more than 60 miles of paved off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks. Just strap on your helmet, hop on the pedals and you’re on your way to a great ride! www.threeriversparks.org
About Hiawatha Bicycling Club
HBC is a Twin Cities based bicycling club with just under 250 members dedicated to riding in social groups. Each month during the season, the club provides about 60 rides appealing to a variety of rider skills and desires. They offer slow, medium, and fast rides from 15 to 100 miles in length and over many types of terrain. The club is social in nature with many rides built around casual riding, sightseeing, meals, and charitable activities. You’ll find HBC rides throughout the eleven county Metro area, in outstate Minnesota, and in other states. Let’s ride together! www.HiawathaBike.org