Saturday, May 21, 2016  

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM @ Hope Community Church   |   $10 Registration Required

Eventbrite - Bicycles, Faith & Equity

8:30 AM - Registration / Welcome

9:00 AM - Session 1: Why is Bicycling Important to the Church?

For the church the underlying motivation for our involvement in the city is theological in nature. It is an outflow of the Gospel which promotes human flourishing in our cities. Many churches wrestle with how to be involved in the city on top of Gospel proclamation and serving in homeless shelters. Promoting bikeability in cities and demonstrating it is a tangible way to demonstrate Gospel renewal and seek the welfare and betterment of our cities. This session lays the foundation for why this conversation about bicycling is important for local churches.

10:30 AM - Session 2: Understanding Bicycle Advocacy

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will share about plans for bicycle infrastructure in the city. They will also address questions such as: Who's in charge of street stuff at the City? When do I contact my City Council Member vs. the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator vs. Public Works? How do I talk to a public official? What does effective lobbying for bicycling look like?

11:30 AM - Mobile Tour / Lunch

You can hop on a bike and take a tour of Minneapolis over lunch! A local Minneapolis bike planner will lead the route while highlighting types of bicycle infrastructure and explaining general bicycle safety on the road. This is an optional (but highly encouraged!) tour.

All biking levels are welcome. Please bring your own bike or plan to rent a bike from the NiceRide station located near the church.

Lunch is on your own. If you join the bike tour, there is a stop planned at Midtown Global Market for grabbing some grub.

1:30 PM - Session 3: Bicycles, Faith, & Equity

What should prompt faith communities for engaging in bicycle advocacy for not only its members but for the citizens of the city? This session explores the key reasons why bicycling is important not only for the economic and health benefits of cities, but in terms of equity and access to jobs and city life for even the lowest income families. If one of the roles of faith communities is to love their cities and seek their welfare then thinking through the importance of affordable transportation and infrastructure is key.