Slow Roll Twin Cities is a project of the Cultural Wellness Center that empowers people to rediscover, reconnect, and reimagine their communities together, on bicycles. The ride helps to build healthy, economically vibrant, connected, and people-centered cities and the 2019 kick-off ride on Monday, June 3rd did just that! We were lucky to have beautiful weather, great music mixed by DJ SciPreme, and some seriously delicious food served by Zamaya Delicious Catering. Youth Farm is a committed partner in organizing this event alongside several other organizations, musicians, chefs, and community organizers.
Monday night’s ride was attended by young and old alike. The Loppet Foundation did an awesome job assisting riders with free bike rentals and tune ups. After everyone was outfitted and ready to go, the ride leaders led the way and the group took off to ride through North Minneapolis neighborhoods, stopping at local businesses and landmarks to learn more about the city’s rich history and culture.
The ride started and ended at the University of Minnesota-UROC building. As riders came back, they were greeted by fresh food and music. Youth Farm’s North Minneapolis Program Director, Marcus Kar, alongside our North Minneapolis Project LEAD and Farm Steward staff have been and will continue to coordinate music and food for the Slow Roll 2019 season. Participating in this vibrant community event allows youth to meet people within the neighborhoods in which they are growing and leading. By making these connections, youth are better equipped to lead conversations surrounding social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.
This summer, Slow Roll Twin Cities will take place every Monday night at various locations throughout North Minneapolis. Each night will feature a fun, safe, and inclusive bike ride for all community members as well as music and food. For more information and location announcements please visit www.facebook.com/SlowRollTC/.