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Map Monday: Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Age 60+ Years

To review: my first in the series, Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Density of People of Color. My second in the series, Hennepin Minus Minneapolis: Income Less Than $50K. I also want to include Three Rivers Park District’s map for their 2030+ vision because it also is a map of Hennepin Minus Minneapolis, but instead of having demographic […]

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Bikepacking Is Great

I went bikepacking again! That makes Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, the perfect bookends to summer for bikepacking. Our destination this time was a hike-in site at beautiful Afton State Park. We weighed the pros and cons of taking such a roundabout route, and decided that this route was better than the one […]

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Map Monday: Three Rivers Park District’s 2030+ Vision

Three Rivers Park District is a regional park system that is one of the Met Council’s partner park systems. Minneapolis has long had a phenomenal park system rated the best in the country by the Trust for Public Land. Three Rivers Park District is maybe best thought of as Hennepin County’s regional park system excluding Minneapolis. (That’s […]

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The Incomplete Bike Loop in New Ulm

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting New Ulm, MN, for the first time. Friends had suggested I hike up to see Hermann the German, listen to the Glockenspiel at an appointed time, and of course drink plenty of Schell’s beer. However, one of the things I was looking forward to most was the […]

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Saint Louis Park Still Getting it Backwards at Beltway and Cedar Lake

I was disappointed to hear that a friend of mine got a bicycle ticket the other day in Saint Louis Park. The $62 ticket was given by an officer for not stopping at a stop sign at a very problematic intersection, where the Cedar Lake bike trail and Beltway Boulevard intersect right near Steel Toe […]

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A Trail Runner’s Confession: Five Things Trail Runners Need To Do to Be Safer and More Polite Trail Partners

I’ve been running on trails a lot lately, preparing for the Stillwater Half Marathon, which is mostly on the Gateway Trail. Along the way, I’ve been reflecting on whether I could become a better trail citizen. We runners and walkers are an awfully self-righteous breed. We love to criticize the manners of cyclists on area […]

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St. Paul’s Fish Hatchery Trail Closure: An Update

Some of the best biking trails in the Twin Cities, at least in my opinion, are in wooded ares, near lakes or rivers, are quiet and peaceful, and allow you to observe wildlife.  And to have such bike trails within a couple of miles from downtown St Paul is something quite special. I remember the […]

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Walking West River Parkway

West River Parkway can be an ideal route to walk, bike, or drive. The speed limit is 25 mph with mostly proper bike and walk lanes, safe crossing and even some zebra stripes. Yesterday with the mobile and Google Maps and Reviews in pocket I strolled up and down the downtown part of it to […]

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Quick Impressions of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

For a thorough description of the trail, please see Ken Avidor’s great article here. I was visiting just for a few hours on my drive home from Washington D.C. My brief ride around, however, left a very strong impression. The first thing I noticed was that Indianapolis has a lot of wide one-way streets. This […]

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Biking the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

My wife, Roberta, and I have been reading about the Indianapolis Cultural Trail since it was completed in 2013.  Last week, we rode Amtrak down to the capital of The Hoosier State to see for ourselves what all the excitement was about. After two days riding and walking the trail, we are happy to report […]

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