With the weather we've had this winter, it's hard to believe Minneapolis is consistently ranked as one of the top biking cities in the United States. In fact this year according to bicycling.com, Minneapolis is ranked number 1 this year. Beating out other "green" cities of Portland and Seattle. Why? According to the City of Minneapolis website, the city has 85 miles of off-street bikeways and 92 miles of on-street bikeways. That only tells part of the story.
Part of the success of bike transportation is infrastructure beyond the bike paths. The city of Minneapolis offers bike lockers at several locations around the city, including bus stops, to securely store your bike while at work or class. Also, there are a few places in downtown that have showers available for bike commuters to clean up and look professional at work.
Now for the brave, a local television station did a report this week on people who bike commute year round. With the development of "fat tire" bikes and tires with studs built in, similar to snow tires for a car, people are able to brave the snow and take on the winter commute. Here is the link to see the KSTP news report.
Don't have a bike? Another way the city is promoting bike travel is through the a local non-profit called Nice Ride Minnesota. This is a bike sharing program with lots of locations in key locations around the city. For a small fee, you can rent a bike for your daily errands or for a casual stroll around one of the scenic pathways in the city.
The goals of promoting the bike ridership are to provide ways to ease the traffic congestion in the city and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Whatever your reason is, take the time to explore the great opportunities we have in the city for safe bike transportation.