Pedal Minnesota Opens Mobile Tune-up Stations with HealthPartners

Apr 25, 2013

Media contacts:
Alyssa Ebel, Explore Minnesota Tourism Liz Nicklos, HealthPartners
651-789-1857 952-883-5462
alyssa.ebel@state.mn.us elizabeth.a.nicklos@healthpartners.com

Twin Cities bikers can kick off National Bike Month with a free tune-up at May 4 launch event

MINNEAPOLIS (April 25, 2013) – Pedal Minnesota, in partnership with HealthPartners, will offer free tune-ups and kick off National Bike Month in the Twin Cities on Saturday, May 4 at the Midtown Greenway (between Lyndale Ave. S. and Colfax Ave. S.) in Minneapolis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Back by popular demand for a second summer, Pedal Minnesota is offering three free bicycle tune-up stations in rotating locations throughout the Twin Cities throughout May, June and July. Each station offers tools and an air compressor tire pump for use at the station. Tune-up stations will be available at Twin Cities attractions and events, including the West Side Cinco De Mayo Festival, Grand Old Day, Twins games and Aquatennial events. For a full list of tune-up station dates and locations, visit PedalMN.com.

"We're thrilled to be a part of Pedal Minnesota to encourage more Minnesotans to get out and hit the roads and trails," said Dr. Thomas Kottke, a HealthPartners medical director and consulting cardiologist. "Biking is an excellent way to be physically active, and we know physical activity greatly benefits both our physical and mental health."

Minnesota stands out in the national biking scene. It's ranked as the fourth most bike-friendly state in the country by The League of American Bicyclists, and recognized at as the "Best Trails State" by American Trails, while Minneapolis was named "America's Best Biking City" by Bicycling Magazine. With more than 1,500 miles of paved trails, endless biking routes, and one of the nation's newest and largest bike share program, Minnesota offers excellent options for all kinds of cyclists. Bicycling has a positive impact on the state, including benefits to individuals, communities, the environment and the economy. Biking generates more than $1 billion in expenditures throughout the state.

"We're excited to kick-off summer in our bike-friendly state," said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota Tourism. "Biking is a great way for travelers to explore the state. Pedal Minnesota strives to make biking easy and accessible for everyone, and places Minnesota on the map as a great destination to bike."

PedalMN.com is the go-to resource for details about the tune-up stations, and information on bicycling, including: mapping tools, lists of biking events, personal tips and trip ideas from bicyclists across the state. Check out this video for a virtual ride through Minnesota, and tune-up station mock-up images below:
Mobile Tune-up Station

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Pedal Minnesota
Pedal Minnesota is a coalition of state agencies and private organizations that support the Pedal Minnesota initiative, encouraging people to get on bikes more often, in Minnesota. Initiated by Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state's tourism promotion office, the partnership to promote Minnesota as the bike friendly state includes the Minnesota departments of Health, Transportation and Natural Resources, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, the National Park Service, and an exclusive sponsorship by HealthPartners.

Media contacts:
Alyssa Ebel, Explore Minnesota Tourism Liz Nicklos, HealthPartners
651-789-1857 952-883-5462
alyssa.ebel@state.mn.us elizabeth.a.nicklos@healthpartners.com