The vote was cast and the disappointing news was shared Minneapolis/St. Paul (actually Bloomington) would not host the 2023 World's Fair. And that is too bad.
But what about all the energy that went into preparing the bid? All that energy shouldn't just fizzle away. Hey Mark Ritchie, I've got an idea for you. What about a Cycling Festival?
This summer the family and I will be traveling in Scotland and northern England for six weeks for my sabbatical (thanks to the generous clergy renewal grant). I've gone a little overboard concerning when and where we will include biking, but that's okay. As I sleuthed biking in Edinburgh I discovered an amazing concept. What I found nearly made me jump for joy: A two-week festival of cycling!
Imagine a cycling festival in the Twin Cities (not just in Minneapolis, not just in St. Paul), a true regional festival with daily rides, speakers, workshops, bicycling world record attempts, feats of strength and skill, promotion of alternative transportation, bike camping trips, how-to's, region wide encouragement of high fives, you name it.