Wheel fun for everyone.
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Twin Citizens aren’t big on bragging, but when it comes to our biking scene, we take great pride in having some of the best biking trails in the country. Not only do we have close to 400 miles of paved trails, but this extensive network encompasses a variety of terrain, including scenic lake loops, leisurely urban rides, peaceful trails along country roads, shaded routes on paved paths, journeys near rivers and through the woods, and invigorating white-knuckle mountain biking.
In the busier downtown areas we have designated bike lanes to help keep everyone safe and pedaling on. We also enjoy a Nice Ride bike-sharing program with over 1,700 bikes available at 190 locations throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. We have made plenty other improvements to ensure that our Twin Cities are as bike friendly as they can be. It certainly paid off, not only in the form of gratitude from pleased riders, but on a global scale in the 2015 Copenhagenize Index. The list ranks cities around the world for their bicycle friendliness, and Minneapolis sits in the top 20. No doubt, we’ve put the pedal to the pavement.
Know where you’re going. The Minnesota State Bicycle Map is a comprehensive resource of roads that are suitable for biking. Roadways are color-coded to denote paved shoulders and light or heavy traffic. The map also shows bike trails and outlines the Mississippi River Trail route.
This shaded, nature-surrounded trail offers great biking from St. Paul to Stillwater.
Get to know Minneapolis on a tour of the Grand Rounds, a national and scenic byway featuring bike trails mostly separated from pedestrian trails and roadways.
Minnesota has gotten pretty comfortable near the top of the nation’s most bike-friendly states, and for good reason—its abundance of trails, bike-only highways and near-constant biking events making cycling a year-round pastime.
See how these three green spaces are bringing together communities around the Twin Cities.
New portion of U.S. Bicycle Route 41 in northern Minnesota adds 315 miles along the western shores of Lake Superior, and connects to national system.
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