Monday, May 3, 2010

Major Bike Mojo in Minneapolis

> Way to go Minneapolis! The winter time there can be and is for many days freezing cold. To date it is the coldest weather I've ever been in so I can see where biking around town would seem sort of crazy during this time, but I know people who do it. They do it religiously.

As one commenter nicely put: I grew up in that part of the country, and there is a saying--supposedly originally a Finnish proverb--to the effect that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. We learned long ago that if you allow inclement weather to stop you from doing what you wanted/needed to do, you'd never do anything!

Don't let the weather stop you from living! Sounds like they really got it together and are moving everything forward nicely. Be sure to check out the awesome video too. Cheers!

Straight to the Source
by Elizabeth Press
May 3, 2010

In a surprising choice, the May edition of Bicycling Magazine named Minneapolis America’s best city for biking. The city still trails Portland, Oregon in the percentage of commuters who bike to work (4.3 percent to 5.9 percent, respectively, according to the most recent American Community Survey), but Minneapolis has been gaining momentum.

Next month, Minneapolis will launch the largest bike-share program in the country, building on a strong foundation of extensive bike trails and a thriving bicycling community. They're also using federal funds to double the mileage of on-street bike lanes, build more road diets, introduce bicycle boulevards, and more. Have a look and see how Minneapolis has shot to the top of America's best bicycling cities.

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