Editor’s note: Occasional contributor Jay Rochlin spent 10 days in Minneapolis riding his bike around the city, which has moved up the ranks as one of the best bicycling cities in the United States. Here are a few things that caught his attention.
The “Grand Rounds” is the Minneapolis version of our Loop. It is 50 miles of separated bikeway. It goes where people want to go.
The Midtown Greenway bisects Minneapolis east to west. It is for bikes only with a separated section for pedestrians. Part of the Greenway even is a divided bikeway, one large separated lane in each direction just for bikes separated by a patch of grass in the middle.
In Minneapolis they mark their bike boulevards like they mean it. This is a one way street. The part on the other side of the double yellow line is reserved for bicycles traveling in the opposite direction.
Although many of the separated paths in Minneapolis are “shared”, many others are for cyclists only. But, not to worry, the ped path is generally just to the right or left of the bikeway.