Yes, I am a little biased, but I do think that Minneapolis is one of the greatest places in the United States. I would say it ranks pretty high on the world stage too, but there might be some other places I’d rather live. Nonetheless Travel and Leisure Magazine recently named Minneapolis one of the best biking cities in the world.
Minneapolis actually ranks number 2 in the US falling behind Portland as far as bike commuting goes. One of the reasons Minneapolis was ranked so high is the
infrastructure that promotes bicycling on many fronts. From bike lockers and designated street lanes to recreational trails and snowplows dedicated to clearing off-street paths, a system exists to make transportation on a bike efficient, safe, and hassle-free.
This same infrastructure makes Minneapolis a great place to run. Many of my runs use existing bike infrastructure. The Midtown Greenway is a biking thorough-fare. Running on downtown’s Riverfront uses part of the Grand Rounds Trail. Of course all of the lakes have bike and running trails.
Minneapolis has a ton of paved trails, I wish it had more dirt trails within the city that I could easily use from my house. But I will take the ease of off-road running and the mostly suburb job of plowing that occurs in winter.
HT Mayor’s Blog
[tags] Minneapolis, Biking, Trails, Travel [/tags]