On a Bike & Build Community Ride, participants hop on a bike and ride throughout their city to meet with housing leaders and changemakers. They’ll learn about the challenges their city faces, affordable housing victories, and how they can get involved.
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative imagines a community where all people a home. They have a 4-part strategy to address housing issues in St Paul, MN: creating new homes through new construction; sustaining stable homes by providing crucial support services; sheltering families by offering shelter and transitional assistance for families in crisis; and changing systems by advocating at the local, regional, and state level.
Ryan Allen, Associate Professor for Urban and Regional Planning at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is a housing and community development scholar with a focus on the experience of immigrant communities in the U.S. He is the author of a variety of articles that focus on housing affordability, public housing, and immigrant integration in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Studies, and International Migration Review.
Trellis Co. (formerly Community Housing Development Corporation) provides stability for people and communities as a nonprofit developer, manager, and owner of affordable housing.
COVID Protocol: Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.
8 hours, 10-20 miles
9 AM: Group meets at Peace Coffee for “Route Meeting” to review the day’s partners, a general route overview, and safety protocols for the ride.
10 – 10:30 AM: Ride 3-4 miles to Beacon Interfaith Housing
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Learn from Beacon about their work
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Ride to Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Eat!
1:00 – 1:30 PM: Ride 3-4 miles to meet with Ryan Allen
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Hear from Ryan Allen about his work
2:30 – 3 PM: Ride 2-3 miles to meet with Trellis Co.
3 – 4:00 PM: Hear from Trellis Co. about their work
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Group discussion and reflection about the day, highlights & takeaways
5 PM: Goodbye!
Community Rides FAQ
Your $50 fee for this ride can be considered a donation to Bike & Build so we can continue designing and implementing an array of programming to impact affordable housing and engage people in the cause. In addition, the funds will enable Bike & Build to work with a Ride Coordinator to:
- Organize cycling safety basics trainings
- Coordinate with local affordable housing organizations
- Provide lunch
- Secure sufficient insurance coverage for the ride
Everyone is welcome to BYOBike, but if you don’t have one then you have a few options.
- Bike & Build will work with your Ride Coordinator to communicate with local bike shops about potential rentals
- Bike share! Most cities have bike share options (Citibike, Indego, Lyft, etc) that are likely suitable for these rides.
If you want to participate, Bike & Build will work with you to make sure you have the wheels to get you through the ride.
These rides will range from 10-25 miles and last about 6-8 hours. Each ride will include meetings with housing-related groups in your community, lunch stops, and water breaks. We’ll be giving you the tools to make sure you have a safe and impactful experience with us including cycling safety trainings, urban riding basics and assistance with finding a bike (if needed).
Safety is our biggest priority whether it’s on the bike, on a build site, or however you are participating in our programs.
Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.