When it comes to two wheels ... we're No. 1

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 6, 2010 - 6:29 PM

Minneapolis has dethroned Portland, Ore., as the bike-friendliest city in the country.

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Riding on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.

Photo: Richard Tsong Taatarii, Star Tribune

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WHO SAID SO

The new issue of Bicycling magazine, published Tuesday, ranks Minneapolis ahead of 49 other large and medium-size cities in accessibility to bicyclists. Portland has long ranked first, both in the magazine's rankings and other surveys.

HOW WE DID IT

In its assessment of Minneapolis, the magazine pointed to the fact that the city has nearly doubled its percentage of bike commuters in just three years and its pledge to install new bike racks and start an innovative bike-share program. Other criteria include the number of bike lanes, municipal bike racks, bike boulevards, government interest in cycling improvements and local bike culture.

WHAT THEY SAID

"Despite the cold wintertime climate, Minneapolis has a thriving bike community. It has 120 miles of on- and off-street bicycle facilities, plus indoor bike parking and other cycling-friendly facilities."

OUR COMPETITION

Not surprisingly, other high-ranking cities include such granola-eating communities as Seattle, Boulder and Eugene. Madison, Wis., ranked seventh. The only other Upper Midwest cities that made the cut were Sioux Falls, at 31st, and Fargo, which ranked 46th.

SEE FOR YOURSELF

www.bicycling.com

BOB VON STERNBERG (PHOTO BY JIM GEHRZ)

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