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News & Events

January 2014 ZAP Newsletter for Minneapolis

Included in this January 2014 edition of the Minneapolis ZAP Twin Cities newsletter:

Notes from ZAP Riders

From new ZAP member D. Hale-

I have learned (recently) that at 20-25 degrees below zero, the grease in rear wheel hub congeals to the point where it will no longer engage when you pedal. Pedal as fast as you want and as long as you can balance in one spot AND you go no where.

From ZAP member D. Roberts-

On January 3, Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition called together local winter bicyclists to her first declaration as mayor. After treating us to coffee and pizza, she declared January 3 as “Winter Biking Day” in Minnesota. It was only 12 degrees out, but that didn’t prevent a big turnout!

photo of new mayor winter bike

Love to see all the bikes lined up for an event on a cold and grey day. Fat tires, thin tires, wagons, and panniers, MN weather is no match for the bike community!

Rider Stats for ZAP Twin Cities

With plummeting temperatures and ice storms, came plummeting ZAP numbers. How much of a drop? So much that the numbers fell right off the bottom of my chart.  Yes, I could have changed the range to include the low numbers, but I didn’t want to give them that power.

Numbers of actual bike commuters probably didn’t drop as low as our graph reflects, the ice storm we got in the beginning of December coated ZAP readers and glazed their solar panels rendering them powerless.

Minneapolis ZAPS per Person per Month with December


Prize Winners for December Rides Drawing

Only 60 people are in the drawing for December rides (at least 8 ZAPS for the month) so the odds are looking pretty good for those of you that braved the cold and have winter  biking gear.

Since we just finished with the holiday season, I thought the perfect prize would be the quintessential holiday gift.  No, not a hand knit sweater, even better.  Socks!

We have three pairs to give out for prizes of these fine, thick, wool blend socks by Surly ($29 value). photo of surly socks for ZAP prize

The winners are…

E. Barter

A. Miller

K. Hoyt

Winners of today’s drawing will also receive a National Bike Registry tag with a 10 year protection plan ($10 value).

bike commute winter gear photo

Serious mittens.

Thank you to all that participate in our program here at ZAP Twin Cities. Cheers to a new year and new possibilities!


Jessica Hill

ZAP Twin Cities