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Jun012017

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is now Our Streets Minneapolis

Via a May 31 News Release:

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is now Our Streets Minneapolis. The name change comes after the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition announced last fall its expansion to work on walking issues as well as biking.

“After eight years of successfully advocating for safer bicycle infrastructure, our new name and mission really underlines the importance of walking advocacy to this organization as we move forward,” said LaTrisha Vetaw, Our Streets Minneapolis Board President. “The expansion of our work and rebrand aligns with the Coalition’s goal to reach out to and better serve communities of color. I see this change as a big win for the community members I work with daily. We are excited to continue working to bring people together to support a great city for everyone.

The rebranding comes after months of conversations following the announcement of the expansion to serve those walking and rolling, and includes an expanded mission, vision, and priorities.

Mission

Our Streets Minneapolis works for a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone.

Vision

We envision a city where:

  • Biking, walking, and rolling are easy and joyful for people of all backgrounds and identities in all parts of Minneapolis;

  • Streets and trails are vibrant community spaces with people walking and biking year-round;

  • Kids and families feel safe and comfortable walking and biking to neighborhood schools, parks, and businesses;

  • Older adults and people with mobility challenges are healthy, independent, and connected with their communities through streets and sidewalks designed for them; and

  • Abundant biking and walking contributes to happy people, a healthy environment, and a strong economy.

Our Streets Minneapolis’s initial priorities for walking and rolling include working to:

  • Make street crossings safer for people walking and rolling;

  • Improve winter sidewalk maintenance; and

  • Improve stop lights for people walking.

Our Streets Minneapolis, formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, formed in 2009. It unites a network of more than 12,000 people and 1,300 volunteers. Our Streets Minneapolis organizes Open Streets Minneapolis events, which in 2016 attracted more than 80,000 people to walk, bike, and play in car-free streets for a weekend day. The first Open Streets Minneapolis event of 2017 is Sunday, June 4 on Lyndale Avenue. Our Streets Minneapolis also engages community members for protected bikeways, safer street crossings for people walking and rolling, and other improvements that make our streets safer and more inviting for everyone.

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Get Your Our Streets Minneapolis Spoke Card

Get yours at Open Streets Lyndale June 4 (by 31st Street) or Open Streets downtown June 11!

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