Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mayor Rybak Tours Nice Rides in NoMi
Post, video, photos, and image by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
Today Mayor Rybak toured and promoted several Nice Ride stations in north Minneapolis. The route started at UROC, then took a pit stop at the Avenue Eatery (where I joined up with them). There, Rybak spoke briefly about the importance of the Nice Ride stations in NoMi. I made sure to thank him for the new bike lanes on Emerson, and then he went off to do other business. At the Avenue Eatery, I met the proprietors of a new bike shop in NoMi, located in the rear of the building on Broadway, between Emerson and Fremont.
Some criticism has been floating around that it's inappropriate for the mayor to do these tours or photo ops in north Minneapolis while we're still struggling with the tornado recovery. I disagree, and to the extent I would criticize the mayor today, I'd say I wish he could have stayed with the group for the entirety of the bike tour. And I believe it's possible to work on tough, ongoing issues over north while still highlighting some of the positive amenities like Nice Ride kiosks.
Thanks, Mayor Rybak, and thanks Nice Ride!