City backs development of interstate Mississippi River bike trail

By a unanimous vote, the City Council approved a resolution supporting the development of the Mississippi River Trail through Minneapolis. The route would be a part of a much larger interstate bike trail stretching from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Minneapolis section of “U.S. Bike Route 45” will follow existing on-street and off-street bikeways along both sides of the river. The project is being led and funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which has asked local governments adopt resolutions in support of the effort. With the council’s vote, the City commits to maintaining signs along the proposed route through Minneapolis.

When complete, this bike route will run from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca County to the Gulf of Mexico. The trail has the potential to promote bicycle tourism locally and throughout Minnesota.

More information on the Mississippi River Trail is available at www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt.

Published Mar 12, 2013

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