Speak up for parks, trails and cycling

Cyclists and all outdoors-lovers have a chance to advocate for their passions at two upcoming events at the Minnesota state capitol.

Parks and Trails Council Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, March 12
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Program
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Meeting with Legislators (schedule an appointment with your legislator in advance)

$15 Registration Fee (includes light breakfast, lunch and materials)

This is a great opportunity to network with other park and trail supporters from around the state, learn about the issues, and hear from park leaders and legislators.

Whether you come as a member of a Friends group, a concerned citizen or a student looking to learn about the process, you'll leave informed and your involvement strengthens our efforts to preserve and enhance Minnesota's special places! The morning will equip you with the necessary tools to meet with your legislators.


  • Luke Skinner, Deputy Director, Parks and Trails Division, DNR - will talk about the budget and what it means for state parks and trails.

Legislators invited to talk and answers your questions:

  • Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL, Minneapolis) - Chair House Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance Committee
  • Rep. Alice ┬áHausman (DFL, St. Paul) - Chair House Capital Investment Committee
  • Rep. Phyllis Kahn (DFL, Minneapolis) - Chair House Legacy Committee
  • Rep. Denny McNamara (GOP, Hastings) - Republican Lead House Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Finance Committee
  • Sen.David Tomassoni (DFL, Chisholm) - Chair Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division
  • Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen (GOP, Alexandria) - Lead Republican Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division

More details and sign up...

2013 Minnesota Bike Summit

Monday, February 25, organized by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

Don't miss your chance to help make history! On Monday, February 25, 2013, bicycle advocates from throughout the state will once again gather in Saint Paul to help Minnesota set the pace for the rest of the nation. The MN Legislature is planning some big things for bicycling. Your presence is necessary to help make them happen.

Two items of unfinished business from 2012 top the 2013 legislative list; funding for the newly created state safe routes to school program and passing a vulnerable user law. New this year are proposals to create a Pedal Minnesota license plate for cars and more changes to the traffic regulations and operation of a bicycle laws that will make it safer for bicyclists on the road.

Tentative Summit Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. - Registration and continental breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. - Morning sessions will begin at Christ Lutheran Church, directly across the street from the Capitol building. Morning speakers include:
    • Mayor Rita Albrecht of Bemidji (Minnesota's newest Bicycle Friendly Community)
    • Barb Thoman, Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities on transportation funding
    • Rachel Callanan of the American Heart Association on the Safe Routes bill
    • John Edman, Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism on the PedalMN license plate
    • Steve Flagg, CEO of Quality Bicycle Products on why being Bicycle Friendly makes dollars and sense
    • KEYNOTE: Charlie Zelle, Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation
  • Noon - Lunch provided by Golden's Deli (included in the registration fee)
  • 1:30 p.m. - Chairman Jim Oberstar will kick off the rally in the Capitol rotunda with bill authors
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Attendees meet with legislators to discuss the 2013 BikeMN Legislative Agenda

Cost is $10 in advance for members of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, $15 for non-members, or $20 at the door.

Details and registration...


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