Becoming Bike Travel Friendly: A Minneapolis Case Study

| 1/13/2012 10:49:46 AM

Today’s post was written by Ginny Sullivan, lead staff at Adventure Cycling Association on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. 

Mississippi National River Recreation Area 

I recently came across a couple of articles about Minneapolis, Minnesota, that got me thinking. The first one was about a new vending machine and bike station, called BikeFixtation, which enables cyclists to fix their bikes on the fly. The other story focused on the city's increasing bike/walk numbers recorded over the past few years (up 52% since 2007). The increases are attributed to the ever-growing infrastructure in which the city is investing -- both on- and off-road accommodations and a top-notch bike share program, called Nice-Ride. Additionally, the staff at the Mississippi National River Recreation Area, a 72-mile urban national park that runs through the Twin Cities (pictured above), views alternative transportation options as a priority for both locals and tourists who wish to experience this unique park.

Minneapolis Transit 

So, I started to think about what makes Minneapolis so special. Long before they had bike share and bike boulevards, they had a vision for the city. Minneapolis began putting in transit, then connected transit with trails and bike-friendly roads -- in essence, they created a network that could accommodate various transportation options. A few years ago, these efforts were rewarded when Minneapolis was one of four cities that were each given $25 million for a federal project called the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, which seeks to demonstrate how infrastructure can boost bicycling and walking rates. Bike Walk Twin Cities administers the grant.

Trail in Minneapolis 

7/9/2014 9:45:59 AM

This is a great example of green traveling, I hope that other cities will take this example and develop a bike-travel friendly program. As I was surfing the internet a couple of days ago, I came across and I realized that Cancun is the definition for travel friendly .

Jim Shannon
1/20/2012 2:33:26 PM

I wanted to let those people interested, that Bamboo Habitat, in Pennsylvania, now has old growth, kiln dried bamboo, which is perfect for the manufacture of bamboo bikes. Species are Blue Henon, Black Bamboo and Madake Bamboo.

Steve Kauffeldt
1/15/2012 3:06:00 PM

We recently started a "share the road" program in Haliburton, Ontario. It's focus is to try and get cars to give some space to the bikes on the hiways - since we are a VERY rural area. I love the bikefixation - can you imagine? We need one of those in Haliburton :)

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