Minneapolis was again ranked #1 on Bicycling magazine's list of America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. With 43 miles of streets with dedicated bicycle lanes and 84 miles of off-street bicycle paths, it supports a thriving bike community. I know I have clients who bike to work year round in spite of our cold winters!
The city of Minneapolis reports that the US Census Bureau has ranked Minneapolis second only to Portland in the percentage of commuters who bike to work. And of course the rest of the Metro also has a wonderful trail network. Did you know that Minnesota has more miles of paved rail-to-bikeway trails than any other state?!
2010 sees some more bike-friendly changes for Bicycling in Minneapolis…
- Nicollet Mall re-opened for bicyclists 24/7 on March 22nd, after more than twelve years of restrictions
- 40 more miles of bikeways to be built in the 2010 construction season, increasing the miles of Minneapolis bikeway paths by 30%!
- A bicycle sharing program, Nice Ride, will begin in June 2010 – 1,000 bikes will be available in 80 secure, self-service kiosks throughout Downtown, the U of M Campus, and Uptown from April-November; swipe a card, pick up a bike at one kiosk and drop it off at another