Thursday, July 12, 2007

Spread the Word

If you're local, show up. You can drag your sorry butt out of bed by 11, can't you?

From the Hiawatha blog:
As many of you know, the old Cedar Avenue Bridge has been closed for some time. This essentially cuts off access from the Southern metro into Bloomington and requires a long detour — not a problem for mountain bikers but road bikes have a hard time navigating the dirt trails.

Ann Lenczewski is the State Representative for Bloomington and she has been working very hard to get funding to repair the bridge. She is hosting an event this Saturday, July 14th at noon at which a number of influential legislators will be present. She is hoping for a big turnout to show the legislators how important this bridge connection is. If you can make it, please do so we can get this link reconnected.

Here is her letter:

“As you may know, I have been the chief author of legislation to replace the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge for a number of years. I am proud to have achieved the initial funding at the legislature to begin the process of replacing the bridge for bikers, birders, hikers and wildlife refuge users and I want to thank everyone who has worked with me on this project. I am now asking you to join me in attempting to reach our shared goal of the final funding piece for all Minnesotans who care about the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge.

I am pleased to announce that I am hosting a rally at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge on Saturday, July 14th, at noon on the Bloomington side of the Minnesota River at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. Please join me and the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee on site that day. These Minnesota House legislators are the key decision makers who will recommend whether the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge receives the remainder of the necessary funding that we know it needs. We need a great turnout so legislators understand the importance on this bridge.

Over the years I have worked hard with many of you and many organizations to help this project become a reality. I have been enjoying the bridge and the beauty of the location since I was a little girl and I know how much it means to so many of us.

Additionally, I am looking for volunteers to help that day, help plan the event or to help get the word out. Please send an email to if you would like to help or if you can attend. Also, I encourage you to send this email to any one you believe would like to join us that day and ask them to send me an email as well.

Again, thank you for all you have done. I am confident that together we will make the opening of the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge a reality. I look forward to working with you again soon.


Ann Lenczewski State Representative - Bloomington Minnesota House Tax Chair

Date: July 10
Mileage: 26
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Jamis
July mileage: 105
Year to date mileage: 1992

Date: July 11
Mileage: 26
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Jamis
July mileage: 131
Year to date mileage: 2018

Date: July 12
Mileage: 26
Ride type/Bike: Commute/Jamis
July mileage: 157
Year to date mileage: 2044


Gordy said...

I'd be there dude, except I'll be attending the wedding of my eldest son about 100 miles to the north while wearing my finest. And I'm not talking cycling shorts and seersucker shirt either. So I'll miss another HC ride and so forth. Enjoy, hope you get a huge turnout. Its a great cause.

rigtenzin said...

Give us a post on how it went. I couldn't be there.

Pete said...

In the works. My wife took some good pics of the event, which I hope to post today.