CycleHack is a global movement that aims to connect people with their places by bringing community members together to reduce barriers to cycling. Last June was the first Cycleack Twin Cities: a hack day where people prototyped ideas like LED turn signal helmets and backpacks. Read about it here. Since then, we've been thinking about what to do next.

In February 2016, we held a roundtable session and presented a poster at the Winter Cycling Congress.

In early March 2016, CycleHackTC met at Geo:Code 2.0, an open data code-a-thon, to discuss possible 2016 events. The idea that surfaced was a pop-up version of CycleHack that would appear at existing community events- such as Open Streets or Little Mekong Night Market- to learn more about what keeps people in our communities from biking. If you are interested in getting involved, e-mail us at cyclehack@opentwincities.org.

CycleHack Twin Cities is part of an international CycleHack event which originated in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. CycleHack focuses on bringing people and their places together to discuss and generate solutions to barriers that stop or inhibit people from cycling.For more details about the Global CycleHack Movement, the global Catalogue, and additional resources, please visit cyclehack.com

The Ideation ride was on Friday, June 19, 7PM to 9PM where we did some pre-hack brainstorming on a bike ride. We took a leisurely, relaxed-pace ride with various stops to discuss barriers to cycling and ways to might address them. The ride was from 7PM to 9PM and started at Recreation Center at Matthews Park in the Seward neighborhood (2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, 55406).

Friday's ideation ride started at:
Matthews Park (Rec Center)
2318 29th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

The main Hack Day was on Saturday, June 20, 9AM to 9PM at the Hack Factory. All meals were provided, courtesy of our great sponsors (see below). We hacked all day with food and coffee thrown in, including lunch from Taco Cat. At the end of the day we presented our prototypes and our projects and uploaded projects to the Global CycleHack Catalog. Schedule:

  • 8:30 AM: Registration opens. Lite breakfast and coffee.
  • 9:30 AM: Logistics and other house-keeping.
  • 9:45 AM: Speakers and inspiration.
  • 10:00 AM: Ideation and pitches.
  • 11:00 AM: Start hacking!
  • 1:00 PM: Lunch.
  • 3:30 PM: Snacks.
  • 6:00 PM: Stop hacking. Dinner. Drinks. Presentations.
  • 8:00 PM: Cleanup.

There are a number of bike-related datasets that were available. Here is a list of some of them:

Saturday's hack day was at:
The Hack Factory
3119 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Sponsors and partners

Check out our Sponsor pack and contact us at: cyclehacktc@zzolo.org

Cycle Hack TC team

Laura Andersen

Leah Puffer

James Keuning

Roxanne Johnson

Alan Palazzolo

Mark Puchala II

Michelle Funk

Bill Bushey