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Minneapolis Mayor Hodges, Council Member Bender celebrate rainy Bike to Work Day

The officials joined riders on a commute from Uptown Minneapolis to Government Center downtown.

Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender, foreground in red, and Mayor Betsy Hodges, back in beige, joined a group of riders for the commute from Uptown to Government Center in Minneapolis.
MinnPost photo by Tom Nehil

Progressively soggier skies didn’t stop Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges from taking part in the city’s Bike to Work Day. Hodges, astride a bright green Nice Ride bike, met up with Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender and a group of rain-hardy cyclists to make the ride from Uptown Minneapolis to the City Hall’s Bike to Work Day celebration. 

Riders pedaled over a variety of Minneapolis’ bike infrastructure — from the Bryant Ave. ‘bike boulevard’ to the Lyndale-Hennepin separated path through Loring Park, on bike-bus-and-taxi-only Nicollet Mall and over on-street bike lanes like the one on 4th street, sandwiched between 3 lanes of car traffic and a bus lane running the opposite direction.

Still, on the few occasions riders needed to “take the lane,” car drivers were courteous — it was not clear whether they recognized the mayor among the riders they were yielding to or not.

MinnPost photo by Tom Nehil
Upon arrival at Government Center, Hodges proudly displayed her “I biked” sticker.

Other rides scheduled for this morning included a North Side ride with Council Member Blong Yang and Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins; a Northeast ride with Council Members Kevin Reich and Jacob Frey; and a South ride with Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Council Members Andrew Johnson, Abdi Warsame, and Alondra Cano.