TCBC Bike University Program: Minnesota Bicycle Alliance – Michael Wojcik, Executive Director – Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 07:00 pm. See the Registration information below!

Michael Wojcik is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN), having officially joined the organization on August 1, 2024. As the second-ever Executive Director, he follows the successful tenure of founding Executive Director, Dorian Grilley. Michael brings a diverse background in Business, Technology, and Local Government Leadership to his role and will provide a history of the alliance and an update on projects. His talk will include but not limited to his background, the BikeMN organization history and membership, 2023 successes, and the legislation and goals for 2024.

Born and raised in Greater Minnesota, Michael has spent the majority of his life immersed in the state’s communities. Currently residing in Rochester, MN, with his family, he has a deep connection to various regions, including Minnesota’s Iron Range, the Red River Valley, and the scenic area of Duluth and the North Shore. Michael is strongly committed to extending BikeMN’s reach and resources to both Urban and Greater Minnesota, including Native communities, with a focus on ensuring safe and accessible biking, walking, or rolling options for all.

Before joining BikeMN, Michael served 12 years as a City Council member in Rochester, MN, where he devoted considerable efforts to promoting safe biking, walking, and rolling as viable transportation alternatives. He played a key role in spearheading the development of noteworthy bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Rochester. Moreover, Michael contributed to updating the community’s comprehensive plan, placing a central focus on equity and sustainability. His dedication to environmental stewardship also led to the successful transition of Minnesota’s largest public utility to rely entirely on renewable energy by 2030, earning recognition at the local, state, and national levels.

Michael’s academic achievements include an MBA from the prestigious Carlson School of Management and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has further demonstrated his proficiency by passing Level III of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam sequence.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Michael finds joy in his personal life. Married to Lisa (Hokenson) Wojcik since 2001, he is a proud father to two daughters, Anastasia and Natalia, and shares his home with a shelter dog named “Bader.”

In his leisure time, Michael delights in exploring nature through walking excursions, attempting to play soccer, and immersing himself in culturally vibrant parts of the world. He has an unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals through the creation of people-centered spaces and infrastructure.

With Michael Wojcik at the helm, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is poised to embrace a new era of leadership, advocacy, and progress in fostering safe and sustainable transportation options for all Minnesotans.

Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota – https://www.bikemn.org/

Meet The Bicycle Alliance’s New Executive Director: Streets MN – https://streets.mn/2023/09/06/bicycle-alliance-executive-director/

Registration: You must register for the Zoom Program in advance by going to this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsfuCuqzguGNc2KMWQ1beH-2_zxd9TLDlZ

After Program Information:

Michael began the evening with some reflections on his life and how he came to become the new BikeMN Executive Director. The tragic death of Arianna Celeste (see below), a young Rochester, MN bicyclist, was a turning point in his career and led him to enter politics to address safety improvements to make people’s lives better. He was elected to the Rochester City Council and served as a Council Member for 12 years.

As an avid cyclist of the Rochester community, has had a long relationship with BikeMN. He rides an e-bike both for pleasure, commuting, and touring interested persons in seeing Minnesota bike infrastructure while promoting bike / walk advocacy statewide.

Michael shared insights on some of the BikeMN projects, which its 9-person staff and board are busy working on and will involve many volunteers and participants.
  • The Walk, Bike, Fun program helps students and educators to safely learn to ride.
  • The Adult Learn to Ride program, which teaches adults how to ride.
  • The upcoming Day at the Capitol on March 14 where you can join fellow bike advocates to learn about legislative efforts and meet your state representatives.
  • The Bicycle Across Minnesota BAM ride will tour the Iron Range this year.
Michael encouraged us to be a BikeMN member and thanked TCBC for being its longtime sponsor.  Minnesota’s Bike/Walk infrastructure is the envy of many advocates around the country, and there is still much more to do.  Sign up for the BikeMN free e-newsletter to keep informed.
Background on Arianna Celeste

Med City Beat article about Arianna’s accident and bridge
Trail Link – Arianna Celest Macnamra Memorial Bridge description – Named in memory of Arianna Celeste Macnamara, a 7-year-old girl who was tragically killed when she was struck by a car while crossing a nearby intersection, the Arianna Celeste Macnamara Memorial Bridge aims to help prevent similar tragedies by providing a safe, off-road connection for cyclists and pedestrians between the Cascade Creek Trail and the Douglas-Cascade Trail in Rochester. The bridge crosses over US Highway 14, a set of railroad tracks, and 7th Street NW, allowing trail users to easily bypass these barriers, helping to tie together Rochester’s growing trail network.
Thanks to Dan Miller for this after-program write-up.
Please follow the link below to the Zoom recording of the session on the TCBC YouTube Channel: