St. Paul has a grand round too

It is Friday ad Fridays are for fun. Minneapolis is one of the top cities for bicycles.  There are miles and miles of bike lanes, bikeways, and bike paths, and lakes for the bike trails to go around. There are shared bikes in Minneapolis too but that isn’t something we get to have here in St. Paul because. .. never mind.

Minneapolis is flat and St. Paul is a bit hilly. Biking is very popular in St. Paul too and St. Paul cyclists are for the most part stronger than Minneapolis cyclists because of the hills. I am referring to the cyclists who actually leave the house and use bikes that go places and that do not require internet access.

A person in St. Paul can take the bike trails to Minneapolis and people in Minneapolis can take trails to St. Paul but they mostly don’t because. Probably because of the hills.

In the last couple of years, there has been a lot of work on the bike paths in St. Paul and some new off-street paths too. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the Johnson Parkway leg of the St. Paul grand round. It is a newish off-street trail. It enables me to go from downtown to Lake Phalen and home again without backtracking because it connects to the MRT/Samual Morgan and to the Bruce Vento Trail.

There are maps of bike trails on the St. Paul dot gov website and some signs along the trails even have information about regional and state trails.  It can get complicated because regional trails may not show up on city maps. In general, it is getting easier to get around town by bike.

Johnson Parkway-grand round


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