Word on the Streets

Laying Foundations


The MBC Organizational Development Committee has been hard at work laying the foundation for a successful future.  Some may not find our discussions the most riveting as our topics include government forms, taxes, and databases, but what we all are engaged in is our love for bicycling and making this an even better city for everyone to ride in.  I personally have enjoyed the opportunity to meet some really interesting people who share similar interests and are part of my community.  It is in the moments between discussions about government forms, taxes, databases, etc. that the conversation gets interesting.  We discuss our trips to San Diego and Austin, and we learn that someone in the group just moved house by bicycle!



Check out Alex and Katie's move on their blog:  Our House



What do you haul on your bicycle?

2011-2012 Strategic Plan


After months of work and input from more than 40 stakeholders, we've approved our 2011-2012 Strategic Plan! It will help guide our work for the next two years. See the plan.



A big thanks to Anne Carroll of Carroll, Franck & Associates who provided excellent facilitation for the process.


Drum Roll Please... Unveiling the Logo!


Several months ago (as in last July), we decided we needed to get ourselves a logo.  If you were paying attention, you noticed we began our attempts with a logo competition... which to our surprise turned out to be controversial.  (Although we compulsively track land widths and street striping, we're not close followers of designer politics.)



So... we canceled the contest.  And, friendly designer and Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition activist Todd Zerger offered up his advice on better approaches.



We were lucky enough to have the offer of in-kind services from the designer-cyclists at Space2Burn. Thanks!!



They helped us through the process, and we're really pleased the final design results:





 





 



We like how they used the iconic Minneapolis cherry as party of the bicycle.  We also appreciate the way the sign suggests our focus on working to make bicycles normal on the streets of Minneapolis, a part of the transportation network both formally and culturally.



Our next step is to update our website and other materials with the logo, and we're working with Fourth Sector Consulting on an overall communications and membership plan.



Thanks, Space2Burn!