For Bike to Work Day, Mayor Hodges joined Council Member Lisa Bender and a number of other community members and city employees in riding their bikes to City Hall this morning. They arrived a little wet, but were excited to participate in Twin Cities Bike Week.
Once they arrived, there was a brief celebration in the City Hall rotunda, where Mayor Hodges acknowledged that many of the bike trails residents used today while biking to work were made possible by Congressman Jim Oberstar, a champion of transportation and a steadfast supporter of bicycles. She then read a portion of a proclamation, declaring May 8, 2014, Jim Oberstar Day in the City of Minneapolis. The full text of the proclamation is below.
WHEREAS, Jim Oberstar was a great public servant and a champion for working families as the state’s longest-serving Congressman, representing northern Minnesota in the DFL party for 18 terms, from 1975 to 2011;and
WHEREAS, Congressman Oberstar was a steadfast supporter for transit and infrastructure, bringing roads, bridges, trails and more to the entire state of Minnesota, rising to become chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress; and
WHEREAS, Congressman Oberstar leaves a lasting legacy on our state and our city, including new overpasses on I-35, funding for the replacement I-35W bridge, a new airport terminal in Duluth, the Paul Bunyan bike trail that has seen more than half a million users and the countless bike trails throughout Minneapolis funded by the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Project, one of his many legislative achievements; and
WHEREAS, during his decades in Congress, Congressman Oberstar worked in a bipartisan way to forge a new vision for transportation that continues to impact the nation and world in positive ways every day, forging a commitment among elected officials, transportation professionals and communities to ensure our transportation systems serve everyone; and
WHEREAS, Minneapolis today is one of four cities in America which received funding to dramatically build out their bike networks, which Transit for Livable Communities was tasked with guiding and evaluating; and
WHEREAS, because of that investment, residents and visitors alike will continue to get where they need to go – safely, getting exercise in the process, with no impact on our environment – because of Congressman Oberstar, who will live on in the lives he improved through his work; and
WHEREAS, May 4 – 11, 2014 is Bike Week in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and May 8, 2014 is Bike to Work Day
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BETSY HODGES, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2014 as:
JIM OBERSTAR DAY
IN THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS