Minneapolis Ranked #1 on Bicycling Magazine's "America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities"

Hordes of bikes parked outside the Green Institute during the annual breakfast celebration for Twin Cities Bike/Walk Week Congratulations, Minneapolis! Bicycling Magazine just awarded Minneapolis with the top ranking for their “America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities” feature.

Here’s what Bicycling Magazine had to say about Minneapolis: “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.” Click here to see the full list.

Also, did you hear that Google Maps can now offer you the best bike-friendly routes? You can go directly to http://maps.google.com/biking to chart your course now, or read more about the new features at Minnesota Trails Magazine.

All this bike news reminds me of the upcoming Twin Cities Bike/Walk Week. Make sure you check out everything that’s going on and take part in this celebration!

Whether it’s biking to work, taking a leisurely weekend ride, or walking to the grocery store, residents are making the Twin Cities region one of the top places in the country for bicycling and walking. Bike Walk Week 2010 kicks off this summer, June 5-11, with a week of activities across the Twin Cities, all designed to have you peddling your wheels and moving your feet.

The many folks who’ve joined together to bring you Bike Walk Week share one goal: to make biking and walking an easy and fun choice. There are special events throughout the week and all kinds of incentives to “be your own engine.” Sign up to receive prizes. Join a team of walkers and riders at work. Walk or take your bike to worship.

On Bike Walk to Work Day, Thursday, June 10, lead or join a convoy along one of the great bike routes around the Twin Cities. Also visit celebration locations on Bike Walk to Work Day and grab a free breakfast or afternoon special. In the weeks leading up to Bike Walk Week, check out the free information and courses offered to help you get tuned up. All information and registration tools are available at http://www.bikewalkweek.org.

Metro CERT and the Green Institute will be hosting a great event for Bike/Walk Week! Click here to get the skinny on past events.

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