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Riders celebrate the new bike share program between Nice Ride Minnesota and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area on Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Riders celebrate the new bike share program between Nice Ride Minnesota and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area on Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River.
Bike Ride Program
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area & Nice Ride Minnesota

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area has received over $1.3 million from the Federal Transit Administration and National Park Service Category III funds to implement a partnership, multi-modal, alternative transportation project that builds on existing public transit, Nice Ride Minnesota’s bike share program, and existing river access. Over $843,000 came directly from the Federal Transit Administration, as announced by Administrator Peter Rogoff.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this funding” said Superintendent Paul Labovitz. “It will help us develop a seamless, alternative transportation system that improves the park visitor experience by reducing congestion and pollution. It will also help minimize impacts to park resources.”

The project builds upon an extensive network of transportation facilities in the Twin Cities, connecting the two great urban communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to the parks, trails, and community green spaces along the Mississippi River. It will enable park visitors and area residents to travel throughout the park without a car.

The bike share stations are the centerpiece of the project. The park is working Nice Ride Minnesota to install the stations, improve awareness for [the] National Park Service and connect park visitors with park destinations and river access. The long-term goal is to develop a seamless, park-wide, multi-modalsystem that enables park visitors to commute via bike or transit, have a combination bike/paddle experience, or enjoy access to the river without a car.

The park project is part of Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood’s announcement of the $40.8 million awarded to federal agencies through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) program. It includes thirty Nice Ride Minnesota bike share stations, fifty ADA bus pads and sidewalk connections, new signage and marketing efforts for the park's evolving alternative transportation system, and pedestrian connections to a 72-mile segment of the Mississippi River Trail. That trail begins at the Mississippi's headwaters in northern Minnesota and passes through 14 national parks and wildlife refuges, including Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2013, the park will be installing more bike share stations, if funding is secured. These stations will connect underserved communities in North Minneapolis to parks and green spaces along the river.

The project also bodes well for Minneapolis' non-motorized transportation pilot program, administered by Bike/Walk Twin Cities. In 2006, Minneapolis was one of four localities awarded federal funds to complete a seamless non-motorized network that connects trails, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and mass transit.

The park's alternative transportation system will compliment these efforts and increase bike-ability and non-motorized connections to the river. It’s a win-win partnership opportunity.

Partnership Documents: Cooperative Agreement pending signature

Contact Susan Overson, civic engagement specialist, at Susan_Overson@nps.gov.
Just Move It
Navajo National Monument and Indian Health Services

The relationship between Navajo National Monument (NAVA) and Indian Health Service - Kayenta Unit began in 2008 when the Indian Health Services health promotion coordinator approached the National Park Service about having an annual walk end within the monument. The monument's superintendent agreed that a special use permit would be granted. The event, “Walking Together for a Healthier Nation,” was a success and the following year another permit was granted for the Just Move It campaign, which added the Turkey Trot to the annual Just Move It event. Both events promote eating healthy foods, knowing that “It's up to you,” and encouraging community members to engage in some type of physical fitness daily.

The partnership between the two agencies has been well received and each year Navajo National Monument host two walking events per year. In 2013, the permit will also cover the “Walking Together for a Healthier Nation” which will again begin from Navajo Mountain, Utah and take two days before arriving at Navajo National Monument. The Just Move It programs have participants walking 3 miles round-trip around the monument. The National Park Service encourages community members and visitors to come out and use the front-country trails to walk during the day or after work.

The programs have been so successful that community members do come out to the monument and walk after work and during the weekend. Visitors have also been able to come enjoy the walking programs when they are offered. Navajo National Monument and Indian Health Service - Kayenta Unit together has made every effort to educate the community and visitors about healthy choices in their everyday life.

Partnership Documents: Special Use Permit

Contact Lola Henio, Chief Ranger, Navajo National Monument, Lola_Henio@nps.gov