Our more than 120 miles of bikeways, many bike amenities and strong, vibrant bicycling community has prompted Bicycling magazine to name Minneapolis as America’s best bike city in its May, 2010 issue, stating that “The unforgiving and frigid city of Minneapolis is the country’s top spot to be an urban cyclist.” In the article, Minneapolis is noted for having a large and supportive biking community and extensive infrastructure in place for cyclists.
Did you Know?
- Minneapolis has 43 miles of streets with dedicated bicycle lanes and 84 miles of off-street bicycle paths.
- There is more bike parking per capita in Minneapolis than any other city in the country.
- The city has hired bike ambassadors to help educate and promote biking.
- Minneapolis has the second highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the nation, according to a U.S. Census comparison of the nation’s 50 biggest cities.
- Minneapolis has been ranked the #2 bicycling city in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- The city has also been awarded the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community Award.
- Minneapolis is home to Nice Ride Minnesota, the Bike Walk Ambassadors, and the Midtown Bike Center.
By choosing to bike instead of drive, residents decrease traffic congestion, cut the production of greenhouse gases and reduce our dependence on oil. Plus, biking is a healthy way to get around. The Minneapolis Bicycle Program helps those who live and work in the city to use bicycles as a low polluting, cost-effective, and healthy way to travel. Join us on the trails!