BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
Group Leader: Rick Heidick
The Bicycle Friendly Community Workgroup is working to make Stillwater and the surrounding areas more "bicycle-friendly" by working with the city council and other key players to make Stillwater more safe and fun for bicyclists.
If you are interested in this workgroup's initiatives, please contact Rick to join the BFC meetings.
OUR CURRENT INITIATIVES
This workgroup is focused on working with city officials for Stillwater to adopt an action plan to create a Bicycle Friendly Community. We are committed to taking the correct steps to improve conditions for bicycling and realize the significant potential benefits of bicycling in our community
COLLABORATION WITH SPD
The BFC team is interested in working with the Stillwater Police to implement safe riding guidelines and bike parking areas. The two groups are also working to partner together on Bike to School efforts and bike rodeos for youth in our community.
BICYCLE EDUCATION PLAN
The ability to walk and bicycle safely is an important life skill. The BFC team is working on a bicycle education guide specific to Stillwater, MN.
PRESENTING BFC TO CITY COUNCIL
By enhancing the culture of bicycling in Stillwater, especially with a focus on safety and inclusion, the “livability” of Stillwater will grow, and Stillwater will continue to be attractive to residents and visitors alike. See the City Council, Rick, and volunteers at the presentation at City Hall December 2021.
COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTION
Working with the city of Stillwater to pass a Complete Streets Resolution. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, jobs, and schools, bicycle to work and move actively with assistive devices. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk or move actively to and from train stations.
DOWNTOWN BIKE RACKS
Downtown Stillwater needs more bike racks, so SSMN is working with the city to make that happen. Bike racks can accommodate more employees and customers than a single car parking space would. It also provides a convenient place for bikes to be stored. Adequate bike parking will also ensure that bikes aren't in the way of pedestrians or passersby.
BFC APPLICATION FOR 2021
We're preparing Stillwater to become an official Bicycle Friendly Community. Bicycling is more than a practical, cost-effective solution to many municipal challenges. It’s an opportunity to make your community a vibrant destination for residents and visitors — a place where people don’t just live and work but thrive.