Our major Public Safety Program is Trail Watch, our volunteer-led bike patrol. We also work closely with the Minneapolis Police Department, and we have a Safety Task Force that works on gettting more lights, cameras, and other safety measures in the Greenway. For information about Trail Watch and the Safety Task Force, e-mail Janey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also have a partnership with Krav Maga Minneapolis, which offers a self-defense class for bicyclists. Our active Trail Watch volunteers receive this training for FREE, and all Midtown Greenway Coalition members get $10 off registration.
What is Trail Watch?
Trail Watch is a bike-mounted safety patrol on the Midtown Greenway and Hiawatha LRT Trail. Trail Watchers act as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement by observing and reporting suspicious behavior or unsafe conditions. Trail Watchers do not intervene in incidents they come across in the Greenway; rather they're a friendly presence on the trail and report criminal or intimidating behaviors that are noticed during the shift. They also clean up glass on the trail and call in graffitti, broken lights, or other issues to 311.
How does Trail Watch Work?
Trail Watch volunteers bike the Midtown Greenway and Hiawatha LRT trails at night for a few hours. Rides go out most nights of the week, as long as enough volunteers sign up to ride. Each night of the week is a little different: the group determines the pace and character of the ride, so we encourage you to test out a few and find a group you like!
Rides start outside the Midtown Bike Center/Freewheel Bike, on the Greenway level, between 10th Avenue South and Chicago Avenue South.
Ride times can vary, so each night communicates via an email list. You can sign up for a few different nights, watch the emails fly, and join the groups that seem like a good fit on the nights that work for you.
There must be 3 people confirmed to ride each night or the ride will not happen. (Three riders is the minimum number for safety reasons.)
Trail Watch is flexible, and we encourage new riders to test out a few nights and to commit to a level they're comfortable at--we have volunteers that ride three times a week to those that get out only once every few months, and we love 'em all.
To sign up to volunteer for Trail Watch:
Email Janey@midtowngreenway.org with questions and create a Trail Watch Profile.
Janey will send ask you which night(s) you are most interested in riding, then sign you up for the listserv e-mails for that night. She will also provide a link to the online calendar, where you can sign up to ride.
Be sure to subscribe to our Facebook group to stay updated on the nightly rides.
Trail Watch Waiver (Required)
Please fill out this waiver and bring it in to the Midtown Greenway Coalition (2834 10th Avenue S, Greenway Level, Suite 2) or to your first Trail Watch ride.
How do I choose which night to ride?
Each night is unique -- we encourage you to try out several and see which one best fits your interests and needs! Leaders put out descriptions to help guide riders to choose, but the character often varies, depending who is on the ride.
Slower pace – 10-12 mph. We spend more time on the light rail end of trail, and take plenty of time to stop and talk with people.
The speed of the Tuesday ride varies a lot, depending on which riders
happen to join on us on any given night. We take a lot of breaks. :-)
I think we cover 10-15 miles per night, depending on speed, breaks,
and what we find along the way.
We talk a lot about Trail Watch, its goals, and how best to achieve
them. We make a point of greeting everyone we see. I've taken the idea
that "more eyes means more safety" as an axiom, and relied on it for a
lot of decisions. We want to be a positive presence on the trail, to
encourage more people to use it after dark.
From time to time, we're joined by a sister TCBC ride. Green Mill
treats us to dinner once a month. We could definitely use more riders;
everyone is welcome!
Moderate pace, like to ride at a pace that allows you to chat with each other. Female ride leader. Our sponsor is the Sheridan restaurant on the Greenway.
This one varies, depending who rides. 10-15 mph. Sponsored by Bryant Lake Bowl.
Friday and Saturday:
Now a no-drop ride, meaning that nobody gets left behind. We have a celebration afterwards. Mostly riders who are experienced and are willing to ride in traffic at times. Friday night is sponsored by Zeke's Unchained Animal
Our ride on Sunday is a “diplomacy-focused” community ride. We stop frequently to sweep glass, photograph graffiti, greet other trail users, give out lights. We also socialize quite a bit, but do try to stay focused on TW tasks.
As if keeping the Greenway safe and spending time with other awesome biking folks isn't enough to encourage you to do Trail Watch, we also offer an incentive program for our regular riders.
Most nights are sponsored by one of the following delicious restaurants, who provide free food once a month. Thank you!!
Additionally, riders who participate in six or more rides in a quarter get...
A 10% discount on in-stock parts and accessories, and a 5% discount on bikes at:
For more information contact us.