Once again, the state of Minnesota is seeking your input as it continues to develop its Statewide Bicycle Plan. According to a Department of Transportation press release, “the plan will identify a statewide system of bicycle routes, improve existing facilities and refine MnDOT’s bicycle planning process.”
Whether you ride a bicycle or not, chances are you’ve noticed an all-white bicycle locked up near an intersection. Often times they look neglected, as if they have been there for some time. They are known as Ghost Bikes and serve as a constant and somber reminder of a life lost while cycling.
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.
This weekend, 5,000 local kids will be a getting a bike free of cost. It’s all thanks to the Free Bikes 4 Kidz program. All the bikes are donated and then fixed up for kids in need.
A group of bicyclists in Minneapolis asked the city council Tuesday to make some changes to better separate bikes and cars. The council will vote on Mayor Betsy Hodges’ budget proposal Dec. 10, which asks for $750,000 to build protected bike lanes across the city.
As they fight to get healthier, 200 sick kids got an early holiday present. All of the children are patients at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Richfield Clinic.
This marks my fourth consecutive winter of cycling to work at WCCO-TV. With some preparation, and a lot of luck, I’ve ridden to work every single weekday in that timeframe. Over that span, of more than 1,000 days, the temperatures have varied by more than 120 degrees! (On January 6 of this year I rode in minus 22 F, while the mercury peaked at 102 F on July 6, 2012.) Needless to say, I truly live by the old motto that there are no bad days to ride, just bad preparation.
On any other Saturday, the Sunrise Inn only has a handful of salty regulars from the neighborhood, sipping coffee or 3.2 beers while swapping stories. But this wasn’t any other Saturday, and anyone passing by could tell. Dozens of bikes leaned against the neighborhood bar, while other steel steeds were secured to nearby poles and trees.
Hennepin County has recently released the draft of its 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan and the county seeks your input before finalizing it. There plans includes some very interesting, and lofty, goals.
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.
With the last home preseason game over, Vikings fans are ready for the first regular season at TCF Bank Stadium. But the new location brings some added challenges, with fans struggling while getting around the stadium.
On the river’s edge in north Minneapolis, dozens of teens were celebrating Thursday a summer of success. They worked for Teen Teamworks, cleaning up city parks. But for two of kids, the summer was bittersweet.
It might be hard to imagine being an adult and never having learned how to ride a bike. That’s the case for some people here in Minnesota. But a non-profit community bike shop in south Minneapolis called SPOKES Bike Walk Connect is …
An alert neighbor tipped Minneapolis police to a stash of stolen high-end bicycles. Officers found 44 bikes in a south Minneapolis home. Authorities also believe they discovered a drop off point where stolen bikes are taken and then re-sold.
Minnesota has been ranked the second most bicycle-friendly state in the United States, the League of American Bicyclists announced Thursday. With nearly half of Minnesotans riding a bike last year, it’s not surprising Minnesota has been ranked within the top five since 2008.
Nice Ride bikes will make their spring debut on city streets Saturday, and riders can now keep them for twice as long. According to Nice Ride Minnesota officials, riders with 1-Year and Pay-As-You-Go memberships will enjoy 60 minutes of free time on every trip if they sign up online. The previous time limit was 30 minutes.
A large coalition of transportation, business and labor interests called Tuesday for a new 5 percent sales tax on fuel in Minnesota to help raise money for roads and transit projects.
While health experts are warning people to stay out of the bitter cold if possible, there are some that are forced to withstand the elements because of their jobs. Bike messenger John Lindwall employs a simple strategy when the temperature and wind chill get to be too much. “Just don’t think about it, you know,” Lindwall said. “Put it out of your mind.”
There’s no getting around it, winter is coming, but Minnesotans don’t let the cold keep them down. That’s especially true for Twin Cities cyclists. Most bikers in the metro don’t stop when the snow flies…but they have do have to prepare.
A huge effort to collect used bikes for kids in need took place throughout the metro Saturday. Free Bikes for Kidz held its collection event at various locations, including Allina clinics. All of the bikes will be cleaned, refurbished and given to local kids right before the holidays. C.J. Lunning spent her summer collecting bikes at garage sales. She donated more than a hundred gently used bikes to the event.
A new survey of major U.S. cities says Minneapolis is second in the nation for riding bikes to work. According to data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, more people are getting to and from work by bike. In fact, 4.5 percent of Minneapolis residents biked to work last year, which is up from 3.4 percent in 2011.
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 known as a bike friendly area, and now a new service is making it even easier for cyclists on the trails. Roadside service through Triple A will soon be available for bicyclists. Today, there was a kickoff event at the AAA office in St. Louis Park. Visitors got the chance to learn bike safety tips, but more importantly they learned how this new service works.
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.
The Minneapolis Police Bike Patrol began patrolling the Midtown Greenway again for the warm weather months on Thursday.