On Wednesday, April 24th, Events and Outreach volunteers of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition met to discuss recent events and the planning of upcoming events.
Volunteers who planned the Happy Hour with Shaun Murphy and the Bikes and Brewvies Joyride events that took place in March discussed the successes of (great turnouts, lots of enthusiasm from participants, positive feedback) and potential improvements for planning future events (putting up a Coalition banner at the event, ensuring that all materials such as sign in sheets are at the event early, providing maps for group rides). Potential Happy Hour topics were proposed, including a presentation on women riding bicycles. The Happy Hour work group will meet on Tuesday, April 30th to discuss topics and to finalize plans for the May 8th Happy Hour: Safety on the Greenway with Soren Jensen, head of the Midtown Greenway Coalition.
The Group Rides work group shared ideas for potential rides, including an Uptown coffee shop tour, Bikes and a Bonfire/BBQ, and a tour of the Lakes followed by brunch. A tour of businesses on Washington Avenue downtown to drum up support for a cycletrack was also put forth. A poll on Facebook was proposed to gauge public interest in the different ride ideas.
The Tabling work group focused on the MBC table at the upcoming May Day celebration on Sunday, May 5th, and emphasized the need for volunteers to staff the Coalition table. As of the group’s final planning meeting on April 29th, more volunteers are still needed. If you would like to help, please sign up here.
Additional events discussed at this meeting were a Dinner and Bikes event potentially in September and a Member Party, also in the fall. More info will be gathered regarding the Dinner and Bikes event, and the next Member Party planning meeting will be held around May 22. Contact Lisa Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help plan the 2013 Member Party.