Why don’t more Northfielders bike to work?

While riding my bike back home several days last week, I tried to determine how many employee bikes there were in the parking lots of the three medical-related workplaces clustered near So. Hwy 3 and Jefferson Parkway.   Answer: 3.  Total employees at the three facilities?  I’m not sure. 100?

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Above: the Northfield Hospital‘s operations facility at 1100 Bollenbacher Drive, formerly home to the Village School.  The facility is right on the East Cannon River bike trail. No employee bikes. No bike racks.

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Above: Allina Medical Clinic, 1400 Jefferson Rd.  The facility is in the middle of a network of bike trails, sidewalks, and a street with bike lanes. Two employee bikes, two bike racks.

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Above: Northfield Hospital’s Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. The facility is in the middle of a network of bike trails, sidewalks, and a street with bike lanes. One employee bike, one bike rack.

I’ve selected these facilities because it was convenient for me.  I suspect the same would be true for employees of other larger employers in Northfield, example, Mom Brands, the colleges, the school district, the City, etc.

B-b-b-b-bike-to-work day on Bridge Square

Northfield Bike to Work

I wimped out when I got up at 5:30 and saw that it was 44 degrees with winds gusting to 25 mph, but Nonmotorized Transportation Task Force Chair Bill Ostrem (3rd from left) and a group of guys were on Bridge Square with hot coffee, treats, and lots of info. See Tracy’s post from earlier this week for more.

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