Bike & Build Community Ride
On a Bike & Build Community Ride, participants hop on a bike and ride throughout their city to meet with housing leaders and changemakers. They’ll learn about the challenges their city faces, affordable housing victories, and how they can get involved.
Grab a helmet and a bike, we are going for a ride! On this ride, you can bring your own bike (BYOB) or use the local bike-share system.
These rides will range from 10-25 miles and last about 6-8 hours. Each ride will include meetings with housing-related groups in your community, lunch stops, and water breaks. We’ll be giving you the tools to make sure you have a safe and impactful experience with us including cycling safety trainings, urban riding basics, and assistance with finding a bike (if needed).
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9 AM: Group meets for “Route Meeting” to review the day’s partners, a general route overview, and safety protocols for the ride.
10 – 10:30 AM: Ride 3-4 miles to Beacon Interfaith Housing
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Learn from Beacon about their work
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Ride to Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Eat!
1:00 – 1:30 PM: Ride 3-4 miles to meet with Ryan Allen
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Hear from Ryan Allen about his work
2:30 – 3 PM: Ride 2-3 miles to meet with Trellis Co.
3 – 4:00 PM: Hear from Trellis Co. about their work
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Group discussion and reflection about the day, highlights & takeaways
5 PM: Goodbye!
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative imagines a community where all people a home. They have a 4-part strategy to address housing issues in St Paul, MN: creating new homes through new construction; sustaining stable homes by providing crucial support services; sheltering families by offering shelter and transitional assistance for families in crisis; and changing systems by advocating at the local, regional, and state level.
Ryan Allen, Associate Professor for Urban and Regional Planning at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is a housing and community development scholar with a focus on the experience of immigrant communities in the U.S. He is the author of a variety of articles that focus on housing affordability, public housing, and immigrant integration in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Studies, and International Migration Review.
Trellis Co. (formerly Community Housing Development Corporation) provides stability for people and communities as a nonprofit developer, manager, and owner of affordable housing.
WHY DOES THE RIDE COST $50?
Your $50 fee for this ride can be considered a donation to Bike & Build so we can continue designing and implementing an array of programming to impact affordable housing and engage people in the cause. In addition, the funds will enable Bike & Build to work with a Ride Coordinator to:
Organize cycling safety basics trainings
Coordinate with local affordable housing organizations
Secure sufficient insurance coverage for the ride
Bike & Build offers financial assistance for those needing support for costs related to Community Rides. Connect with our team member to learn more about available assistance