Minneapolis named best bike city in America

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Bicycling magazine has named Minneapolis America's best bike city.

Minneapolis has more than 120 miles of bikeways and there is more bike parking per capita in Minneapolis than any other city in the country.

"Minneapolis has always been in the top few positions, battling it out with Portland as top cycling city," Erik Saltvold said, owner of Erik's Bike Shop. "We've finally beat Portland."

Cyclists were out Tuesday, despite the chilly and rainy weather. They didn't seem all that surprised about the top ranking. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, however, was thrilled.

"I was so excited by this news, I overinflated my bike tires," Mayor R.T. Rybak said. "We've come a long way from when the first bike lanes were striped on our streets back in the 1970s. Biking is now a more attractive and effective way of getting around town, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the City and County governments, the country's best coalition of nonprofits and tens of thousands of active bikers."

The magazine said Minneapolis is noted for having a large and supportive biking community.

There are 127 miles of bikeways in Minneapolis, with 83 of those being off-street trails.

The number one ranking didn't happen overnight. It has taken several years to build a cycling infrastructure in the Twin Cities.

In June, Minneapolis will start the largest bike-share program in the country. 

The May edition of Bicycling magazines hits newsstands Tuesday.

For more information on bicycling in Minneapolis go to: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles.

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