One of my personal goals this year is to become more involved in our local bicycling community. Luckily, Minneapolis is home to so many incredible bicycling clubs and groups working to build awareness and bring bicyclists together.
Perhaps you’re like me and you want to get involved too. If so, I’d love to share with you some of the bicycle organizations that call the Twin Cities home.
8 Bicycling Clubs & Groups in Minneapolis
1. The Twin Cities Bicycling Club
The Twin Cities Bicycling Club (TCBC) is the largest recreational bike club in the Twin Cities. The TCBC is open to cyclists of all skill levels and offers several different group rides almost daily.
Members receive benefits such as discounts at local sponsoring bike shops and a banquet to enjoy annually. Not sure if the TCBC is for you? The club allows guests to enjoy a group ride before joining.
2. Grease Rag Ride & Wrench
Grease Rag is a community-funded and volunteer-run group passionate about encouraging FTW (femme/trans/women) and those who are non-binary or two-spirit. The bike club is regularly involved in group rides, open shop nights, bike camping, educational seminars and more.
3. The Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota
The Major Taylor Bicycling Club is named after the first Black world champion cyclist, who earned his title in 1899. The nonprofit organization provides safe and enjoyable cycling geared toward the African-American community of Minneapolis and beyond.
The club offers many group riding events and supports other committees, including the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Twin Cities Greenways Board.
4. Biking With Baddies
Biking With Baddies is a group focused on encouraging “a cycling community that promotes peace, love, a better world and much more.” Their mission is to get more BIPOC individuals out on the trails while shining a light on the uniqueness of all individuals. Biking With Baddies members enjoy group rides and other events.
5. Bici Xicas
Bici Xicas is a women-led bike collective that focuses on encouraging non-white women and femmes to get involved in the cycling community. The group currently offers free bike repairs, bikes and gear as well as safety and riding lessons.
6. Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling
Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling (TCAC) is a nonprofit bike share program dedicated to youth and adults with disabilities. To eliminate the cycling-specific barriers often faced by those with disabilities, TCAC provides adaptive bicycles on the Midtown Greenway as well as on-bike training and instruction.
Through TCAC, individuals can experience the independence that comes with cycling and build relationships with others in the cycling community.
7. Tamales y Bicicletas
Tamales y Bicicletas is an organization focused on strengthening the Latino and immigrant communities throughout Minneapolis. In addition to bike-specific projects, the group also provides programs related to green farming and environmental justice.
Bonus: The Bike Law Ambassador Program
As an attorney passionate about helping protect the rights of bicyclists throughout the Twin Cities, I’m proud to be a part of Bike Law Minnesota.
The organization is kickstarting an ambassador program to promote awareness of bicycle safety and advocacy for more protection for cyclists. If you’d like to learn more or wish to apply, visit our website.
Attorney Daniel J. Brazil of Brazil Law Group is an experienced personal injury attorney with offices located in Uptown. He’s also a member of the Bike Law Network. He has a passion for the outdoors, especially cycling and climbing. Learn more about Dan and his practice by following him on Twitter (@LawDanielBrazil and #MplsBikeAttorney).