GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The popularity of bicycling is proving more than a passing fad. And now is the perfect time to get in gear and enjoy some of numerous Minnesota state trails.
New this year are Shift Gear Saturdays, which are organized bike rides around the state at various locations.
The DNR's Patricia Arndt says that the majority of them are "family-friendly."
The rides have been primarily held on former railroad beds, so they are relatively flat, easy for little legs to pedal and for pulling bike trailers, and you can go for long distances without crossing traffic.
The ride are also "out in nature," and travel through Minnesota's landscapes.
Most are paved, there are more than 500 miles of paved state trails in Minnesota, which means there is one near you, wherever you may be.
How many state trails does Minnesota have and what does is cost to use them?
•There are 25, and they're spread throughout the state, so you can either make the trail your destination, or plan to ride when you're on vacation or at the summer cabin. They are ALL free! There is no fee required to ride, walk or inline skate on Minnesota state trails.
With that many choices, 25 state trails, how can I decide?
• There's a "start-up" guide online.
What if I'd like to join a group for a ride?
• New this summer, Shift Gear Saturdays.
• Bike rides around the state, varying locations, from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday during the summer
Where can I learn more about Minnesota State Trails, get maps and see these videos?
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