Mayor’s Office

Mayor Miro Weinberger Welcomes Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to Burlington



April 22, 2016
Contact:  Jennifer Kaulius


Mayor Miro Weinberger Welcomes Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges to Burlington
Agenda Includes Meetings with Community Leaders; Visit Focused on Making Burlington a Great City for Biking and Walking


Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, MN will visit Burlington for a series of meetings and events from April 24-26, 2016. The focus of Mayor Hodges’ visit is to explore ways to make Burlington an even better city for biking and walking, a topic that has been a significant focus in Minneapolis during Mayor Hodges’ administration.

“Mayor Hodges is a strong leader for many of the things that make a city thrive: an embrace of diversity and a commitment to equity, a creative and vibrant economy, great schools and community institutions, and walkable, bikeable streets,” said Mayor Weinberger. “I am looking forward to sharing with her some of Burlington’s assets as a thriving small city, as well as learning from her experience about how we can do better.”

This visit was initiated and organized by Local Motion, Vermont’s nonprofit advocate for walking and biking. “Local Motion is delighted to be bringing Mayor Hodges to Burlington,” said Local Motion Executive Director Emily Boedecker. “Minneapolis is the first US city to be recognized as one of the top 20 cities for biking in the world—long, snowy winters notwithstanding. If they can do it, so can we.”

The various events are co-sponsored by a diversity of community organizations and institutions. These include: the Office of Mayor Miro Weinberger, the Burlington Business Association, AARP Vermont, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, the University of Vermont, the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum, Emerge Vermont, the Burlington Town Center, and Bikeable Burlington Now.

Schedule of public events with Mayor Hodges:

Bike Around Burlington with the Mayor of Minneapolis
A family-friendly, gentle-paced ride to share our city with our honored guest, co-sponsored by Bikeable Burlington Now
Sunday, April 24, 2:00 pm
Meet at Local Motion's office on the Burlington Bike Path

A Conversation about Women's Leadership for Safe Streets
A discussion and networking event for women leaders and their allies, co-sponsored by the Greater Burlington Women's Forum and Emerge Vermont
Monday, April 25, 5:00 pm
Arts Riot, 400 Pine Street

The Business Case for Investing in Walking and Biking
A detailed look at how Minneapolis has invested in its streets with an eye towards creating value for both businesses and residents, co-sponsored by the Burlington Business Association and hosted by the Burlington Town Center and Mayor Miro Weinberger
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 am
Ground floor, Burlington Town Center Mall

Safe and Sustainable Streets for Everyone
A conversation about activism, leadership, and making change happen, co-sponsored by the University of Vermont, AARP Vermont, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, and Mayor Miro Weinberger
Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 pm
Contois Auditorium, City Hall



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