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Old 04-06-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Hamline Midway
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Article from the Strib: When it comes to two wheels ... we're No. 1 | StarTribune.com (http://www.startribune.com/local/90003892.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4OW3ckUiD 3aPc:_Yyc:aUycaEacyU - broken link)
Also a big feature on Twin Cities bike culture in the current issue of Metro Mag: Metro Magazine (http://www.metromag.com/0p178a4091/the-twin-cities-big-bad-bike-culture/ - broken link)

Personally I find it awesome to outrank Portland which has been viewed as the US's most bike friendly city for a while. There are certainly more improvements to be made, but I'm really happy that bikes are increasingly being viewed as viable means of transportation in the city. Hopefully these stories will grab the attention of council members and legislators.

Also it's spring and I'm just really happy to be riding around in nice weather again. Anybody else?
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Me too! It feels good to be saddle sore again!

The only issue is that I misplaced the keys to my u-lock somewhere over the winter, so now I'm down to just my cable lock and have to be careful about where I tie up.

I took one of my cousins that was in town from Indianapolis on a ride down the Greenway, Hiawatha Trail downtown, back out on the Cedar Lake/Kennilworth and home around the lakes. He was quite jealous, not only of the bike infrastructure, but also of the (relatively) friendly motorists we have here in Minneapolis.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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It is truly amazing how bike friendly MSP are. I'm about 4 blocks from a bike trail that connects with so many others. I can ride miles in every direction without having to use a street.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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What's even more impressive is that it's #1 and widely considered the harshest weather environment in the country!
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Hamline Midway
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I took one of my cousins that was in town from Indianapolis on a ride down the Greenway, Hiawatha Trail downtown, back out on the Cedar Lake/Kennilworth and home around the lakes. He was quite jealous, not only of the bike infrastructure, but also of the (relatively) friendly motorists we have here in Minneapolis.
I'm pretty excited to get over that way more this year. I live in the Midway so have good access to the Mississippi leg of the Grand Rounds which opens up a lot of possibilities. Some day I want to complete the entire Grand Rounds but I'm waaaaay too out of shape for that right now.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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This is good news. Bike riding is a good, cheap form of public transportation. I haven't ridden a bike since I was 15, but I'm thinking about getting my old one shipped up here from my parents' place and staring to ride again.

The one thing that bugs me about cyclists in Mpls is that they tend to ride in the street, even busy main streets. Bike riding is good, but obstructing traffic that moves at 45 mph is not. Sidewalks and bike lanes are for bikes, roads are for automobiles.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:30 PM
 
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I heard Portland was the best bike friendly city. This is interesting! I'd have to say other than the lakes, how bike accessible the city of Minneapolis is that makes me love this city even more. There is this thing "30days of biking in April" going on.

Minneapolis Bike Love | 30 Days of Biking (http://30daysofbiking.com/bike/sponsors/minneapolis-bike-love/ - broken link)
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: An overgrown 350K person suburb of Saint Paul
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The thing that sucks about cycling here though is that you have arrogant commuters from the 'burbs who know jack $#^$ about traffic laws and who always veer into the bike paths and who don't know what a @#$% hand signal is. I nearly got ran over by a guy in a truck on Portland ave even though I had the right of way on the street. I nearly keyed his truck at the next stoplight.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: MN
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The one thing that bugs me about cyclists in Mpls is that they tend to ride in the street, even busy main streets. Bike riding is good, but obstructing traffic that moves at 45 mph is not. Sidewalks and bike lanes are for bikes, roads are for automobiles.
Roads are for bikes too. Riding a bike on the sidewalk is sometimes illegal.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: MN
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The thing that sucks about cycling here though is that you have arrogant commuters from the 'burbs who know jack $#^$ about traffic laws and who always veer into the bike paths and who don't know what a @#$% hand signal is.
The thing that sucks for the commuters is the large number of stupid arrogant hipsters on fixed gear bikes with no brakes running red lights and stop signs, going the wrong direction on one ways streets, and not using any hand signals at all.
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