Travel and Leisure ranks Minneapolis as one of world’s top biking cities

Paris, Amsterdam, Portland and now Minneapolis the City of Lakes may soon been known as the City of Spokes as it finds itself among the top bike-friendly cities in Travel and Leisure’s list of World’s Top Biking Cities. According to the June 2009 issue of Travel and Leisure, Minneapolis is among this elite group of bike-friendly cities in the world because it has built an infrastructure that promotes bicycling for both transportation and recreation.

Because of the bicycling improvements made in Minneapolis in recent years, its now the nations number two bike-commuting city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Travel and Leisure refers to Minneapolis as "a case study in policy promoting bicycling as a viable means to get around." The magazine notes designated street lanes, bike lockers, recreational trails, and winter plowing of bike trails as reasons it placed Minneapolis on its list.

Minneapolis has more than 40 miles of dedicated bicycle lanes along Minneapolis streets and 83 miles of off-street bicycle paths. Minneapolis has also been awarded the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community Award.

Read more about the City's Bicycle Program.

Published Jun 23, 2009