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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
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
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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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org