Bicycling popularity has grown during the pandemic.
Both retailers and manufacturers say they haven't seen such demand for bikes in several decades. So we haven't slowed down either. The Bicycle-Friendly Community Workgroup is determined to complete our application to BikeMN for Stillwater's certification as a Bike-Friendly Community by August 2021.
We believe bicycling will be a popular COVID-safe activity and that it can be safely promoted once the snow clears out in the spring.
Several priorities are:
developing a school bicycle education program involving several local elementary schools to coincide with National Bike to School Day in early May;
working with the city for purchase and installation of several permanent bike rack systems for downtown Stillwater (which will help bicyclists gain easier access to Main Street);
and helping to create a local group ride, formally sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club but will be supported by SSMN as a bicycle-friendly event tentatively scheduled for August 15, 2021.
- Rick Heidick, Bike-Friendly Team