Category Archives: Northeast Ride



Hey there smart phone users, the Northeast CDC is now on Instagram! Please find and follow us if you want to see and share some cool photos from NE Minneapolis. Also feel free to tag any NE Ride-related posts with #NEride or #NERide. We don’t have much posted yet but there will be a lot more soon!

Instagram username: northeastcdc


NE artist: Kevin Cannon


2013 NE Ride map by Kevin Cannon

We’re happy to announce that local cartoonist Kevin Cannon is designing the ride map again this year for the third year in a row! One of the perks of participating in the NE Ride is getting to take home one of these delightful maps for yourself. We’re very excited and grateful to have one of Northeast’s own talented artists working with us on the ride. Thank you, Kevin. Can’t wait to see the new finished map!

Check out more of Kevin’s work on his website:

Volunteer with us!


Registration/check-in at the NE Ride, 2013 – photo by Angela Lundberg


Want to help out with the NE Ride this year? Come and be a part of our team–we need YOU to help make the NE Ride a success again! We need volunteers to help with set-up, registration and check-in, leading the groups of riders, assisting at the stops, photography, clean-up, and other miscellaneous jobs. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Fill out and submit the Volunteer Form if you know how you’d like to help and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

For more information about open shifts, duties, volunteer perks, and general questions: email

***One other awesome way you can volunteer right now, is to please help spread the word about the ride to your friends and family! We’d love to make the 2014 NE Ride even bigger and better than last year!


Save the Date: The 2014 NE Ride

The Northeast Ride, 2013

The NE Ride 2013, Photo by Angela Lundberg

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 2014 Northeast Ride is JUNE 14th!

Planning is underway right now and we’re working on some exciting things to add to this year’s ride, such as creating a new route which will include new stops and activities. Keep checking our website for updates regarding registration, route information/map, volunteering, sponsorship, etc.

If you have questions, please contact us at:

Let’s make this year’s ride the BEST yet!

Thank you!!

Bike NE

Hi everyone!

We wanted to thank all of you for your support of the first annual Northeast Ride and let you know how the event turned out! Thank you to our planning committee, volunteers, sponsors, and riders –we couldn’t have had such a great event with out you! THANK YOU!!

We had more than 250 riders participate, all welcomed by city council members, state senators, and the Minnesota National Guard. We heard great reviews of each of the park activity stops from both riders and community members, and more than 200 people came to the post-ride reception at Altered Esthetics. We can’t wait to start planning Northeast Ride 2013 with new stops and more community partners! Interested in being involved? Let us know by emailing:
Ride start
Before the ride we saw write-ups about the event in Metro Magazine, City Pages, Star Tribune, and a variety of local blogs and smaller newspapers. Overall, the Northeast Ride was a huge success and a great inaugural event –and we couldn’t have done it without your support. We have every intention of doing it again next year!
Here is a wonderful video of the ride produced by Minneapolis Television Network’s John Akre to give you a sense of the excitement on ride day.
Thank you again and we hope to see you in Northeast!
 Amber Collett, Northeast Ride Coordinator
 Jamie Schumacher, Northeast CDC Executive Director

Northeast Ride is Saturday!!

Hey Northeast Riders!

The first annual Northeast Ride is less than a week away! We hope everyone has their calendars marked for Saturday, June 2nd from 10am-2pm to participate in the Northeast Ride, but be sure to pre-register as well so you don’t have to wait in along-line on ride day.

Click here to register. 


Northeast Ride

Ride Details

Start & End: Northeast Armory, across the street from Beltrami Park on Broadway Ave. NE.

Ride Time: 10am-2pm

Day: Saturday, June 2nd


Ride Updates

First, check out our artistic route map created by award-winning local artist, Kevin Cannon!

If you’re planning to use a mobile device to navigate, we also have an online Northeast Ride map that includes the route, interactive stop locations, and points of interest in the community.

The Northeast Ride is happening rain or shine, so be sure to plan accordingly and dress for the weather. If we do have rain, check-in will be inside the Northeast Armory building, but we’ll have volunteers and/or signs to show you the way!


* Check-in begins at 10am at the Northeast Armory, across the street from Beltrami Park.
* Please bring a photo ID
* At check-in, you’ll be given a brochure map of the Northeast Ride route and your Northeast Ride t-shirt! Enjoy a cup of Peace Coffee while you get ready to hit the road


Don’t forget to bring your…
* Helmet
* Water bottle — stay hydrated, folks!
* Bike & Bike Lock (if you need a bike, you can rent a Nice Ride at a nearby station!)
* Backpack or bag you feel comfortable wearing while bicycling
* Sunscreen or Poncho
* Cash/card if you plan to make additional purchases or stops along
the way


Wrap Party!
* Everyone is invited to a Northeast Ride Wrap Party, hosted by Altered Esthetics, from 2-5pm.
* There will be larger prints of the Northeast Ride route map for sale & a variety of beverages. Note: If you plan to drink alcoholic beverages, please have your photo ID handy! 🙂

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Amber at amber[at]

Sponsor highlight: Northeast Lions

NE Lions

The Lions Club of Northeast Minneapolis a ride sponsor this year. The NE Lions Club was founded in 1940, and serves both Northeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village. NE Lions is a member of Lions International, a coalition of 44,000 other secular service clubs.

NE Lions does ongoing service projects like running Meals on Wheels, and they also help raise money for various causes, like helping families who have gone through serious hardships, or funding a Lions Scholarship Foundation.

Some of the NE Lions’ specific projects include participating in Lions International’s goal of planting one million trees. They also do ongoing charitable gambling at locations around Northeast. If you’re interested in becoming a Lion, join them on a volunteer project and then contact them for an inquiry about membership. Thanks to the Lions for supporting the ride!

Sponsor highlight: Northeast Bank

Another sponsor for the Northeast Ride is Northeast Bank. Northeast Bank has been a part of the Northeast community for over sixty years and we’re excited to have them involved!

Northeast Bank works with the community through donations like they have provided to the ride, but they also support the community through their regular banking operations. They have a commitment to community reinvestment and a history of helping extend credit in order to serve community needs.

Northeast Bank has locations on NE Broadway St, NE Central Ave, and in Coon Rapids. They have options for both personal and business banking.

Sponsor Highlight: Altered Esthetics

Altered Esthetics

Altered Esthetics is a non-profit community-based art gallery and arts advocacy organization located in Northeast Minneapolis –and the host of the 2012 Northeast Ride wrap party (more details on that later…). The folks at Altered Esthetics believe artists represent a voice of society and they have a mission to support and expand a vibrant arts community. We are thrilled to have Altered Esthetics as a presenting sponsor of Northeast Ride and can’t wait to celebrate the first annual event with them on June 2nd!

Over the past six years, Altered Esthetics has hosted over 50 compelling group exhibitions, showing the work of over 1,000 local and international artists.

Altered Esthetics show

Art Opening at Altered Esthetics!

In 2007, Altered Esthetics began a curatorial internship program, giving artists, students and community members hands on experience in the arts. In 2008 a Gallery Director internship program was added, providing hands-on experience in grantsmanship, fundraising as well as the other components of running a nonprofit organization.

Altered Esthetics will be hosting the wrap-party for the Northeast Ride! If you aren’t already participating in the ride, stop by Altered Esthetics on June 2nd from 2pm-5pm, chat with riders and check out their annual Bicycle Art show!

You can find Ae on Facebook, Twitter, or online at:

Sponsor Highlight: The Eclectic Ensemble

The Eclectic Ensemble sparks the imagination of audiences through its distinctive sound, an unusual arrangement of rhythm, texture, timing, and presentation. The sound occupies a middle ground between abstract and popular, familiar enough that people can relate but unique to the point of being unpredictable. The Ensemble seeks to expand the role of art within society and to foster a new type of interaction between audience and artist. The Eclectic Ensemble will be providing musical musings for Northeast Ride at the start of the ride. They have a bicycle powered sound system, so you can even hop on and help power the music!

Eclectic Ensemble

Visit them online at: