Thursday, the Twin Cities celebrate Bike to Work Day.
Thursday is supposed to Bike to Work Day in Southwest Minneapolis and across the Twin Cities. However, with temperatures climbing into the low 80s, and a chance of rain in the forecast you'd be forgiven for not wanting to be the only soul showing up to your job damp from either. Good thing there are some celebrations that day, where you'll get to hang out with other virtuous souls. Tell that to your car-borne coworkers who raise an eyebrow when you plunk a helmet down tomorrow morning—it's your ticket to a party, all part of Bike Walk Week 2012. Do you normally bike to work? Why or why not?
Hint: They're part of the city's Bike Walk Week celebrations.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Sanna
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
"Visitors to the Lake Harriet bandshell on Sunday likely noticed a strange metal box trailing two black tubes across the bicycle path. No, it's not another water purifier "bomb," but part of an art project run by the Center for Energy and the Environment as part of Bike Walk Week. The box contains a counting device, which reads the amount of pressurized air forced out of a tube when something passes over. According to project co-creator Joshlyn Goepfrich, the system can tell the difference between a car, a bike, a roller blader, and even a stroller. Sounds pretty science-y, right? Here's where the art comes in. Ever day this week, the Center places their counter in a different location along the city's bike paths. Every evening, …