Hey, its Wednesday, which means it’s time for us to catch up on all of the week’s cycling news that you haven’t been reading about on Cycle Twin Cities.
Shaun Murphy your Minneapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. A new interview with him in Metro Mag is pretty stellar. Take a close look at his bike, yeah that’s quite the beater.
160. That is the number of new parking spaces slated for the Uptown and Lyn-Lake Business districts thanks to a 50/50 matching grant between the City of Minneapolis and area businesses. Actually none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for the awesome folks at the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition out there pounding the pavement. Thanks!
Rochester is looking to become a little more bike friendly. The ambitious plan has them adding 50 more miles of bike routes over the next 25 years. While that might not sound like a lot it is expected to take up a decent sized chunk of their planned infrastructure costs in that time period. They were already named a Bicycle Friendly Community back in 2010, so this can only help.
While Rochester is moving forward in bike lanes miles, there is an outside chance that Minneapolis would slide the other direction. Here’s the short version, some people want to put up some apartments and commercial space really close to Target field. If that happens and a rail line is put in there in the future, bye-bye bike paths. These are both far off hypotheticals, but we gotta protect what we already have.
Last weekend the League of American Bicyclists put on a traffic Skills Class. Matt from Two Cities Two Wheels was one of the instructors and he decided to write about it.
The Twin Cities Blogo-sphere welcomes another new cycling specific member of the crew, Girls Biking to Work. They have started off with some product reviews, tips on cycling to work and other stuff specific to ladies, but perhaps useful for everyone. Take a minute, check it out.
As always we wrap it up with a video. This one is not specific to the Twin Cities, but to be honest, if this doesn’t catch on in the next year or two, we will be pretty dang disappointed.
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