Minneapolis is one of nation’s top bicycling cities

Whether it’s biking to work, hitting dirt trails or taking leisurely rides around the chain of lakes, people in Minneapolis are making the city one of the top in the country for bicycling.

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics released this month on the 50 cities with the most workers, Minneapolis has the second highest percentage of people who bike to work. The bureau said 2.4 percent of Minneapolis’ 189,294 workers (16 and older) pedal to their jobs, which is second only to Portland, Ore. and several times higher than the national average of 0.4 percent.

Minneapolis has 34 miles of streets that have dedicated bicycle lanes. The city also boasts 56 miles of off-street bicycle trails, including the 5.7-mile Midtown Greenway. At Theodore Wirth Park, there are 4.36 miles of off-road biking trails, making Minneapolis one of the few major cities in the country to offer mountain biking in an urban setting.

City leaders are working to maintain Minneapolis place as one of the most bikeable and walkable cities around, by expanding the number of new bikeways and walking trails each year. The Midtown Greenway bridge, soon to be Minnesota’s longest cable-stayed bridge, is now under construction and is scheduled to be completed later this year.

Earlier this month, Transit for Livable Communities awarded $7.3 million to Minneapolis and other Twin Cities communities. With these funds, Minneapolis plans to dramatically increase the miles of bikeways in the city and eventually double the amount of bicycle riding in Minneapolis.

To find out more about bicycling in Minneapolis and the City's plans to improve the bicycling environment, go to minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/.

Published Jun 27, 2007