Updates from Moving Matters, a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic
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Moving Matters is partnering with the YMCA to offer a fun new class called "Bike Commuting: Cook County Style" on Wed., May 13th 6 pm. Dinner will be provided at this free class. Our own videographer, Patrick Knight, has been out and about in the county, interviewing people who bike commute. At the class, we'll be sharing some of their experiences and tips as well as other helpful information about how bike commuting may work with your life and schedule.
Bike Commuting: Cook County Style
Wed., May 13th 6-8 pm
At the Cook County Community YMCA

RSVPs are helpful for the dinner order but not required. RSVP to Michaela at or call 218-387-3386 ext. 509. Questions? Contact Maren at or call 218-387-2330.

Can't make the class? Participate in Bike to Work Week May 18th to 22nd! And don't forget to log your minutes and miles for Move It in May (see below).
In-school Bike Education for 3rd Graders and
Last Minute Call for More Volunteers
This May the local Safe Routes to School group started a pilot program for 3rd graders at Sawtooth Elementary and Great Expectations School to receive bike safety education during the school day, with support from the Superior Cycling Association and with grant funds from MnDOT's Safe Routes to School program. As swimming lessons during gym class help students gain a lifelong skill, bike education is helping our students gain new skills and learn to ride more safely, as bicycling is also a lifelong skill.

A few more volunteers on bikes are needed for Thursday, May 14th and Friday, May 15th for the on the road portion of the curriculum. Contact Maren at or 387-2330 if you can help fill this need and have fun riding with these wonderful bicycling students!
Annual Bike Safety Rodeo a Success!
A huge thank you to the over 30 volunteers, over 50 kids, many parents and families, and the local businesses and organizations that supported this year's Bike Safety Rodeo. Lots of fun and learning was had - both by the students and by the adults. We'll look forward to seeing you all again next year for the 2016 Bike Safety Rodeo.

Special thanks to Superior North Outdoor Center for providing bike inspections, Cook County Community Center and Diane Booth for accommodating the rodeo inside, Como Oil & Propane for donating propane, ISD 166 for lending the gas grill and Tom Nelson for delivering it, Great Expectations School for lending traffic cones, the City of Grand Marais for providing cones and barriers and Lenny Bloomquist for delivering them, and to the many volunteers including from the community, Cook County North Shore Hospital, Border Patrol, Cook County Sheriff's Office, MN State Patrol, the Safe Routes to School group, the Active Living Steering Committee, the City of Grand Marais, Cook County Board of Commissioners, and student volunteers. The bike rodeo was made possible through support from these organizations and with funding from the State Health Improvement Program, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and MnDOT's Safe Routes to School program. Thank you!

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Move It in May


Another Move It in May is upon us! Have you registered yet at Each May the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, with support from Cook County Public Health and Human Services, hosts Move It in May, a month-long celebration of active living in Cook County. Community members are encouraged to get moving and track their progress during the month on this website. A calendar of active events is also available on the webpage, including Walk and Talks throughout the month, a Bike Commuting class on May 13th, and much more!

To top it off, there are weekly door prize drawings this May as well as a special healthy prize (fruit tray!) for each organization and business that has a staff team that participates. Register today!
Moving Matters is a project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and many local partners. We strive to create safer and more accessible walking and biking routes for people of all ages and abilities throughout Cook County and Grand Portage. Funding for this project is provided by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, as part of Blue Cross’ long-term commitment to tackling the leading causes of heart disease and cancer: tobacco use, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating.
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