Midtown bike center opens May 16

There will soon be a place along the Midtown Greenway where cyclists can get repairs, rentals, bathrooms, showers and more.

The Freewheel Midtown Bike Center is set to open Friday, May 16. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at 7 a.m. Other opening day activities may also be planned.

The Freewheel Midtown Bike Center
Grand Opening

7 a.m., Friday, May 16, 2008
Midtown Greenway
(between Chicago Ave. and 10th Ave. S)

Modeled after bike centers in Chicago, the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center will offer a wide range of services for bicyclists. Commuters will be able to stop inside one of two large bicycle parking bays. Inside, the center will offer bike sales and rentals, parts and repairs, bathrooms, a drinking fountain and showers.

Freewheel Bill will run the bike shop. The Midtown Greenway Coalition, headquartered just down the hall from the center, will work with the community and greenway users to promote biking through the center. More information is available at www.midtowngreenway.org .

How to get there

The center is located behind the Midtown Exchange, which is at Lake St. E and Chicago Ave S. If arriving from the street level, go to the 2800 block of either 10th Ave. S or 11th Ave. S. Walk or wheel down onto the greenway through the outdoor trail entrance ramp, then go a half block west.

If arriving by bicycle on the Midtown Greenway, look for the Bike Center between the Park Avenue and 10th/11th Avenue ramps, on the north side across from the Midtown Exchange.

If you’re arriving by bus, take #21 or #5 to Midtown Exchange, then enter the Greenway behind the Sheraton Hotel via stairs or the skyway elevator.

Funding for the center was made possible by the City of Minneapolis, a U.S. Federal grant, Hennepin County, Allina Health Systems, and Ryan Companies.

Published Apr 3, 2008