Ride on: City employees take to their bikes
Many City employees bike to work, but did you know that some also bike at work?
- The City’s housing and business inspectors often do their jobs on bicycles, which gives them the flexibility to move quickly through the streets and around properties. Cycling also helps inspect licensed businesses that move about, such as taxis, pedicabs and pedal cars. As an added bonus, being on a bike makes it easier for our inspectors to meet and talk to people.
- The City's Parking Management and Traffic Control Division staff uses a three-wheeler, getting around town on bike lanes and avoiding refueling and parking.
- Bikes help the Police Department connect with younger generations of residents. Every summer, MPD’s Bike Cops for Kids project gives out about 1,200 bike helmets, 200 bike locks and 70 new bikes. It’s privately funded by Mike Ciresi, Dean Phillips, and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Last week, City employees joined elected officials and community members for bicycle-friendly events throughout Bike Week including Bike to Work Day on the Hennepin County Government Plaza. As Bike Week came to a close, Minneapolis was recognized as the most bike-friendly city in the country, according to Redfin’s Walk Score.
Redfin looked at 154 cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods to come up with the best places for bike riders in the United States. The overall scores given to cities factored in the number of bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and the share of local workers’ commutes traveled by bicycle.
Here are the top five large cities that made the list as most bike-friendly:
- San Francisco
- Portland, Ore.
Published May 19, 2015