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By LINDSEY FENNER Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses Saw a Sharp Increase in 2020: A new report out from the Minnesota Department of Health looks at nonfatal overdose trends in Minnesota from 2016 to 2020.  From 2019 to 2020 alone, the number of nonfatal overdoses involving opioids increased 43%, with the increase most pronounced in the 7-county metro region. American Indian Minnesotans were nine times more likely and African American Minnesotans were three times more likely than white Minnesotans to experience a nonfatal overdose. Younger people are also more likely to experience a nonfatal overdose, with Minnesotans aged 15-34 experiencing the largest number of nonfatal overdoses, accounting for 55% of all nonfatal overdose Emergency Department visits. See the October 2021 alley for the steps to reverse an opioid overdose.  Your Feedback Wanted on City Redistricting: Every ten years, after the federal Census, political boundaries like City Council Ward and Congressional District get redrawn based on changes in population, so that each district has equal representation. The City of Minneapolis has begun the process of setting new boundaries for City Council Wards and Park Districts. This process is led by the City Charter Commission and Redistricting Advisory Group. You can get involved by attending public meetings, speaking at public hearings and listening sessions, submitting your own redistricting map through an app called Districtr, and sending in written feedback.  To learn more about the redistricting process visit: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/programs-initiatives/redistricting/ Former Gas Station at 25th and Bloomington Being Sold: The shuttered Speedway at 2445 Bloomington Avenue was put up for closed bid auction in mid-October, along with 166 retail sites in 22 states owned by Speedway LLC as part of an antitrust divestment agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. 7-Eleven Inc acquired Marathon Petroleum Company [...]

Dedicated to growing a more diverse and informed community of non-motorized transit users with classes, bike loans, shop use, receiving unused bikes as donation, and more!

Dedicated to growing a more diverse and informed  community of non-motorized transit users with classes, bike loans, shop use, receiving unused bikes as donation, and more!

By Bruce Johansen and Sheldon Mains It”'s later than hoped for, but Spokes-Bike Walk Connect should be up and running this month with a grand opening party scheduled for Wednesday, August 22 from 4 PM to 9 PM. Spokes is located at 1915 E. 22nd Street,””just across the Hiawatha LRT line and bike trail from Phillips. SPOKES”' goal is to remove barriers to biking and walking for residents of Phillips, Seward and Cedar Riverside. Sheldon Mains, director of SPOKES, traces Spokes”' origins to three key sources: a Bike Walk Twin Cities call for community-based ideas for non-motorized transit, the City of Minneapolis”'s Great Streets program””an aim of which is to make the neighborhood more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and a survey designed by Katya Pilling, former associate director at Seward Redesign. Pilling”'s survey revealed a primary reason many people don”'t bike: they don”'t know how, in many cases due to cultural and gender barriers. A pilot program last spring, led by Seward Towers community organizer Nasra Noor, and interim organizer Farhia Asaro, was highly successful, getting more residents””both adults and children””on bikes, than expected. Other barriers are cost, concerns about riding in traffic and having a place to store the bike. To continue the work of promoting bicycling and walking, Spokes will offer a range of programming, including: Earn-a-Bike, the opportunity to volunteer to earn a bicycle, helmet, and lock. Community Partners Bike Library, allowing low-income community members to check out bikes for six months. Youth Junior Mechanics Classes, providing opportunities for youth to learn bicycle maintenance skills and fix a bike to keep. Free and low-cost classes on safe cycling, commuting, year-round biking, maintenance, and adult-learn-to-ride. Women-only classes, rides, and open shop hours to ensure a welcoming space that bridges gender and cultural [...]