Active Living

 

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NEWS: 2019

Wabasha Biking Guide is now available with SHIP support.

Craig Falkum, a member of the Wabasha Walk/Bike Advocates, submitted a grant application to Wabasha County SHIP on behalf of the Wabasha Bicycle Club, Inc. with interest in increasing access to bike routes. Eric Pierson, also a member of Wabasha Walk/Bike Advocates, worked diligently to identify routes and rest stops along the way. The Wabasha Biking guide was made available online June 2019; see the guide here. Hard copies can be found at Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce while supplies last.

Thank you to the following sponsors who also supported this mapping project:

  • Bluff Valley Farm

  • Broken Paddle Guiding Co.

  • Eagle’s Nest Coffee House

  • River Rider Cycle

  • Wabasha Main Street

  • What’s Happening Quilt Shop

If you would like information on what it means to partner with Wabasha County SHIP on healthy eating, physical activity, and/or tobacco-free environment projects, please email Tina Moen or call her at 651-565-5200.


Wabasha’s NEW Public Bikes kick-off celebration is June 14.

Join us for the celebration at Heritage Park under the bridge from 5-7 pm!

Enjoy the following events:

Try the Bike Share Bicycles and BikeMN bike fleet - and participate in a Poker Run at 5:30pm

Attendees will be able to participate in a Poker Run (see below) using the new bike share bicycles and BikeMN fleet bikes. People can also bring their own. Children should bring their own bikes & helmets and have adult supervision.

Meet Me Under The Bridge Summer Concert Series

After the kick-off celebration, the first concert in the series will feature "Flipside" performing rockabilly style music from 7-8:30 pm. A food vendor will be on site for each concert. More information here.

* The Poker Run begins when you check in and receive a score sheet and route map. Typically, there are five (or seven) checkpoints along the route and you will draw a card at each one. You draw a card, it will then be noted on your score sheet and you will ride on to the next checkpoint. Prizes will be awarded.

What is the Public Bike Share Program?

With coordination help from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), Wabasha Bike/Walk Advocates have secured six Republic Bikes for the City of Wabasha Public Bikes program. The bikes have coaster brakes, fenders, a chain guard and non-inflatable tires (similar to the photo). Bikes have a basket on the handlebars and are designed for short distance rides.

HOW TO USE THE BIKES:

  • Bikes are free for the first 10 hours and need to be returned by 10 pm each day.

  • No charge will be generated if the bike is returned within 10 hours.

  • Bikes are located downtown Wabasha on Main Street at Heritage Park by the sidewalk under the Wabasha Interstate bridge.

  • A credit card, a smartphone and the app are all that is needed to unlock a bike.

  • Download the QR Code to learn more about the Bloom app.

SPECIAL THANKS

This program is made possible by Wabasha Bike/Walk Advocates, comprised of a group of city officials, local merchants and citizens, with assistance from SHIP Coordinator Tina Moen. The group met for almost a year to find a way to provide bicycles for visitors and local residents who do not have a bike and want to explore the community to be active. Wabasha Public Works Director, Tony Johnson, has been helpful in identifying how the city can aid this venture and is the fiscal agent for the SHIP-funded project. Bike shop owner, Dave Wogen, of River Rider Cycle first proposed the idea and helped locate vendors. The Wabasha Main Street organization has been supportive as a great way to get people interested in the historic downtown and to be a healthy way to explore an active river town.

If you would like information on what it means to partner with Wabasha County SHIP on healthy eating, physical activity, and/or tobacco-free environment projects, please email Tina Moen or call her at 651-565-5200.


Wabasha Bike/Walk group is asking residents to help plan the future of walking and biking in the Wabasha area.

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The Wabasha Bike/Walk advocate group recently received a grant from Wabasha SHIP to purchase six new bicycles which can be used by the public starting summer 2019. Advocates are now planning biking and walking routes that will connect with existing routes as well as places of interest in the Wabasha area.

Hosted by Wabasha SHIP, the group wants to hear ideas from residents that can lead to healthier citizens through walking and biking. Be sure to attend their next meeting and share your ideas!

Next meeting:
Feb. 13, 2019, 2:30 pm
Wabasha County Courthouse Annex meeting room

For more information, email Tina Moen, SHIP Coordinator, or call her at 651-565-5200.


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NEWS: 2018

The Wabasha Bike-Walk advocate group launches.

The advocate group launched in May with a Bicycle Friendly Community Rapid Planning Workshop. Wabasha County SHIP’s priority in hosting this meeting is to work toward becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community (refer to the story below to learn more). During the workshop, the group completed a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis and developed short, medium, and long term goals. The group’s first action planning has been around a bike share program. Meetings have been held monthly with hopes of implementing a trial bike share project in the City of Wabasha in the Spring of 2019. Learn more about the Republic Bikes system here.

Our next meeting is scheduled for October 23, 2018 at 9 a.m. Contact, SHIP Coordinator, Tina Moen email or call her at 651-565-5200 to learn how you can get involved.


Bicycle Friendly Community Resource Guide is available.

Wabasha County SHIP supports our communities by increasing access to opportunities for walking and biking. We were happy to provide information about what makes Lake City a bike friendly community to BikeMN when they were seeking information for their Bicycle Friendly Community Resource Guide: A Toolkit for Minnesota. This resource contains context and a helpful workbook designed to guide communities through the process of becoming more bicycle friendly starting with an assessment of your community. An excerpt can be found below where Lake City is listed on page 20.  Read the guide

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Mini grant applications are being accepted. If you would like information on what it means to partner with Wabasha County SHIP on healthy eating, physical activity, and/or tobacco-free environment projects, please email Tina Moen or call her at 651-565-5200.


Lake City receives statewide attention on Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) blog.

Tina Moen, SHIP Coordinator, attended the SHIP Statewide Meeting in July 2017 where she attended a training offered by BikeMN. Lake City was a hot topic during the training due to their 4 to 3 lane conversion project of 2020. During the training, BikeMN shared an article they posted in their July newsletter titled "3 for me!" in Lake City.  Read the blog

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Mini grant applications were due February 23, 2018. A second round will take place with a deadline to be announced. If you would like information on what it means to partner with Wabasha County SHIP on healthy eating, physical activity, and/or tobacco-free environment projects, please email Tina Moen or call her at 651-565-5200.

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NEWS: 2017

Construction project will enhance active living in Lake City.

“Increasing infrastructure for safe walking and biking will enhance the health of Lake City’s residents by making the area safer and more comfortable, and will increase the beautification of the area attracting more visitors.”
- Tina Moen, Wabasha County SHIP Coordinator

After several years of hard work promoting Lake City as a Bicycle Friendly Community, the Lake City Council approved a measure on April 10, 2017 to convert a stretch of Highway 61/Lakeshore Drive from four lanes to three. Construction will begin in 2020. 

The lane change is one part of a larger project to connect the Mississippi River Trail State Bikeway to other Bicycle Friendly Communities along the route.  The goal is to create a bike-and-pedestrian safe infrastructure that promotes and provides accessibility to active living and improved health.

Tina says this lane conversion is a way to enhance SHIP priorities, including the promotion of active living and enhancing the local bike share program.  Four-to-three-lane conversions remain one of the best tools in engineering to increase safety for all road users, including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Her work won’t stop here. She recently attended trainings designed to capture the quantitative success of the three lane conversion. 

Rendering of Lake City’s approved plan for Highway 61/Lakeshore Drive. Construction will begin in 2020.

Rendering of Lake City’s approved plan for Highway 61/Lakeshore Drive. Construction will begin in 2020.


Bike lending program at Lake City Marina.

Bike lending program at Lake City Marina.

The Lake City community bike program: 

A great example of how SHIP helps communities create opportunities for residents to be healthier.

We are always open to developing partnerships with community groups, schools and businesses that seek to promote and encourage people to live healthier lives. 

Learn more by contacting Tina Moen at tmoen@co.wabasha.mn.us