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DL to host bicycle workshop Aug. 18

Calling all bicycle enthusiast – it’s time to get pedaling.

Detroit Lakes has been selected for a bikeable community workshop, which will be held Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at city hall.

“This is not just about how to make Detroit Lakes more bikeable but any community,” Partnership 4 Health Coordinator Patrick Hollister said.

The free workshop, which will be held in several communities throughout the state, is for bicycle advocates, engineers, law enforcement, public health practioners, school administrators, elected officials and anyone else who will help make Detroit Lakes and other communities more bicycle friendly.

And with the funding awarded for the Heartland Trail extension between Frazee and Detroit Lakes, and the addition of trails at Detroit Mountain, there are plenty of enthusiasts in the area.

The purpose of the workshop is to make people aware of the traffic laws related to bicycling.

It will also describe how engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation can improve bicycling safety.

It is also to inform communities to facilitate bicycling as an easy, safe and healthy choice with available resources.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Matthew Dyrdahl, MDH; Natalie Gille, BikeMN; Tim Mitchell, MnDOT; and Hollister. Topics throughout the morning include benefits of becoming a bikeable community, evaluation and planning, engineering and education.

A free lunch will be provided at 11 a.m., followed by an on-the-road workshop with a five-mile bike ride. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate.

About 1:20 p.m., the meeting will reconvene in city hall to discuss the ride, enforcement and encouragement and next steps for the community.

You don’t have to participate all day, but attendees must register ahead of time at

For more information, contact Patrick Hollister at 218-329-1809 or