Nice Ride bikes are returning to the racks along Twin Cities streets Wednesday. The green bikes are appearing ahead of schedule with the warmer weather Minnesota has seen this past month.
The bicycle: a nearly perfect contraption whose basic design has remained unchanged for more than a century. Sleek lines, precise geometry and fine-tuned machinery afford the rider a sense of joy not easily duplicated.
Minnesota cyclists are trying to save an aging track that’s in need of repair. The National Sports Center Velodrome has hosted several national championships, along with the 1992 Olympic trials. But the years have taken their toll on the outdoor track. When it first opened, engineers estimated it would last about 20 years in Minnesota’s harsh climate. That was 25 years ago.
The days of Minnesota’s only bicycle racing velodrome may be numbered. With a mounting list of necessary repairs at the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine, board members are weighing whether to put in hundreds of thousands of dollars or close it up.
Many of us will be spending the month of December buying gifts for other people. But the deals are so good on some items, you might want to pick up something for yourself.
A stretch of protected cycling lane recently opened on 36th St. W. in Minneapolis, spanning from Lake Calhoun to Bryant Ave S. The opening of this lane opened got me wondering: Are protected lanes really safer for cyclists?
Have you got a bicycle in relatively good condition that you no longer ride? Or has your little one outgrown their smaller wheels and graduated to something bigger? If so, you can donate that old bicycle this weekend to the Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) program, which will tune it up and help get it into the hands of a child in need.
One of the many things I love about the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is the passionate bike culture, so I’ve decided to share some observations and musings with you in this new blog. I am a passionate advocate. Couple that with a little journalistic curiosity and here we are.
A new month means new deals. September is the perfect time to grab up any outdoor gear as we tearfully say goodbye to summer. You can score some great deals on tents and sleeping bags as stores clear out their inventory to make room for fall and winter goods.
Minneapolis Police are warning residents, especially those in the southwest corner of the city, to lock up their garages after 12 reported burglaries in the last week. Police say 11 of the 12 garages were either left open or had an unlocked service door.
Thousands of children in the Twin Cities are proud owners of a new set of wheels. Free Bikes 4 Kidz held its annual bike giveaway this weekend.
After some Minneapolis bicycle police officers stopped to help a woman fix her car, the cops noticed her children didn’t have many toys, including bikes. After using some private funds put aside for bike safety, the officers brought five new bikes the children on Tuesday.
The Twin Cities is one of the best metropolitan areas to get on a bike and travel around town. But with the uptick in cyclists, Hennepin County is now eyeing new ways to keep all kinds of commuters safe.
The Twin Cities metro area is consistently ranked among the most bike-friendly communities in the country, but people in some neighborhoods still struggle to find affordable rides.
It’s getting warmer, however slowly, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that warmer temperatures mean more bicyclists will return to the road, so motorists and bicyclists need to share the road safely.
When you run out of gas or get a flat tire, many drivers turn to American Automobile Association — or AAA — for help. Now the motor club is expanding their services to bicyclists. Starting on July 1, AAA will offer roadside assistance to people on two wheels.
Every day a quarter of a million people ride Metro Transit buses and trains. They’re leaving behind their cars and high gas prices, and according to officials, nearly 20,000 items. That’s what riders lost last year, a figure which includes about 1,200 bikes.
With summer months ahead, now is the perfect time to get your bike repaired.
On Saturday, about 5,000 children in the Twin Cities will get free bikes thanks to the work of volunteers.
Minneapolis Police consider bikes one of the most popular things to steal, but this summer they’ve been especially hot.
Minnesota native Ryan Dungey, a rising star in the world of motocross racing, dropped in for a visit to WCCO-TV Thursday morning.
Minnesota’s vacation season is underway, and state tourism officials are promoting a special kind of recreation this summer.
Minneapolis is still considered one of the best biking cities in the country, according to just-released rankings from Bicycling Magazine. The city ranked second among all urban areas in the nation, just behind Portland, Ore., which reclaimed the title.
The Twin Cities metro area has been called one of the most bicycle-friendly areas in the country, but you might see even more cyclists than usual today.
Those neon-green Nice Ride Minnesota bicycles are about to hit the streets again in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The program expects to distribute bikes and run some tests next Monday. The system will open for its third season soon after that.