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A rider mounts their bicycle on a METRO C Line bus on its opening day, June 8, 2019. Every Metro Transit bus has a 2-position bike rack mounted on front of the vehicle. Photo: Henry Pan

Winter Is Here: More Winter Biking Tips

Last month, Alicia Valenti wrote about her tips and experiences bicycling in the winter as a Minnesota transplant. “I got into summer biking and then didn’t want to stop once it got cold,” Alicia told me recently.   Like Alicia, I’m a transplant who didn’t want to stop biking once it got cold, partly because biking […]

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Urbanist Twitter on Northfield’s Roundabout

Note the Catch-22: If Northfield could increase the number of students getting to school under their own power that would reduce rush minute congestion created by adults chauffeuring kids to school…and if it reduced demand during peak times then the over-engineered roundabout would not be needed. But how could Northfield increase walking and biking through […]

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BikeMN’s Annual Meeting Highlights Bike-Friendly People & Programs

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota proved the authenticity of its name at the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 8, with a showcase of bike- and pedestrian-friendly initiatives throughout the state that BikeMN is either leading or supporting. From honoring an African-American bicycling club that just celebrated its 20th anniversary in Minneapolis to helping tiny […]

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Streets For Drag Racing in Brainerd

Attending Washington High School in Brainerd, Minnesota, my hot rod friends and I used several streets that made good drag racing places. In fact, the street in front of the high school was one of them. The mandatory “Start” location was a fire hydrant near the physics classroom, where several of us hot rodders were […]

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Could the Commuter Rail from Minneapolis to Duluth be a Flop?

A recent Star Tribune post on a new bus service starting at $9 to Duluth got me thinking about all the recent talk about having a government-sponsored, commuter rail service to Duluth. Amtrak recently announced that it was interested in investing $600 million to develop a rail service from Minneapolis to Superior and Duluth, using […]

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A Car-Free, Car-Less, and Car-Lite Guide To Surviving Bemidji

I thought I needed to have a car for my assignment. In August, I was offered a position that had me relocate to Bemidji. In Northern Minnesota. 200 miles away from the only home that I’ve known outside of San Francisco, away from the friends that I’ve made. I thought I was going away too […]

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Walking Crookston

8am. I just finished walking an hour and a half from the Grand Forks Amtrak station. It’s a Saturday morning at the end of September in 2017, and the night before, I spent 6 hours on the Empire Builder traveling from the Twin Cities. After crossing the bridge to briefly visit East Grand Forks, and […]

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Why Give Money to streets.mn?

Hello streets.mn readers. By now I am sure you are aware we are holding our annual streets.mn Winter Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 19th (purchase tickets here). While streets.mn is fortunate to count many among you as supporters, it is entirely possible some of you are asking “Why should I give money to streets.mn?” Let me […]

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Along Old Highway 61 to Duluth: A Phototour, Part One

Sometimes the fun is the journey, not the destination, and thus my series of phototours of scenic, notable, or historic highways and the sights found on or nearby. After a few much shorter ones for my former North Star Highways site, I did a full one on US 14 across southern Minnesota. Next up is […]

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Map Monday: Visualizing Twin Cities Sprawl, Density, and Change

Like many of the maps I find I came across a webpage via Twitter, hat tip to @stateofthecity. The webpage takes data from the Global Human Settlement Layer and runs it onto Google Maps. This is the result, Human Terrain by Matt Daniels (@matthew_daniels). I immediately panned to tool over to Minnesota and geeked out. Something I […]

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