Map Monday: 1970s Minnesota Bikeways

Yeah I know it’s Tuesday…

Cool old bike maps from the 70s courtesy of the Hennepin County Library:

mn bikeways 1972

See the rest, including some cool kitschy cover art, over at their Tumblr. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


6 Responses to Map Monday: 1970s Minnesota Bikeways

  1. Adam Froehlig
    Adam Froehlig May 26, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    IIRC, I have some of the late 1980s or early 1990s editions in my collection. Will have to check when I get home.

  2. Janne May 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    There’s a lotta brown (“unsatisfactory”) in North. Wait… where’s I94?

    • Adam Froehlig
      Adam Froehlig May 26, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

      Wasn’t completed until 1982.

      • Bill Lindeke
        Bill Lindeke May 27, 2015 at 10:36 am #

        That fact is nuts! Imagine a northside without a massive freeway messing it up.

        • Adam Froehlig
          Adam Froehlig May 27, 2015 at 11:01 am #

          I would disagree with that statement. Most of 94 North was built as a buffer between the residential neighborhoods to the west and what was then and still largely is industrial area along the river.

          • Alex Cecchini
            Alex Cecchini May 27, 2015 at 11:30 am #

            This shot from 1957 looks like a pretty nice neighborhood from above. Yes, industrial line(d) the river, but streets connected well with it and had nice transition in many spots from industrial to lighter/smaller industry surrounded by commercial/mixed-use to residential. Compare that to today.

Note on Comments welcomes opinions from many perspectives. Please refrain from attacking or disparaging others in your comments. sees debate as a learning opportunity. Please share your perspective in a respectful manner. View our full comment policy to learn more.

Thanks for commenting on!