Making Willmar a safer, healthier, more bicycle-friendly community will be the topic of a bike open house 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar City Auditorium.
There will be booths, snacks, refreshments and a youth bike giveaway donated by the Willmar Wal-mart. The event, hosted by the Willmar Bikes Alliance, is being held to raise public awareness of local efforts to promote bicycling.
“Essentially, this event was planned as an opportunity for the Willmar Bike Alliance (Bike Advisory Committee) to showcase the work we have been doing and to get the public involved in bike related conversations and initiatives,” Alliance member Casey Hagert wrote in an email to the Tribune.
Hagert is coordinator at Willmar Community Education and Recreation.
Booths will offer information about such efforts as Willmar’s bike system where Share the Road signs have been posted on Ella Avenue Northwest and a bike lane designated on Lakeland Drive Northeast.
At the Kandiyohi County booth, input will be sought for the county’s bicycle and pedestrian plan.
The Yellow Bike Program booth will offer information about the bicycles it offers free to the public to use and a new app being created for the program, according to an email from Hannah Abraham.
Abraham is an Alliance member and Kandiyohi-Renville Statewide Health Improvement Program Community Health Organizer.
At other booths, there will be information related to biking from the Willmar Police Department and Ambulance Service, the Tri4evr triathlon club, the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Bureau and the state Department of Natural Resources and Sibley State Park.