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      Minnesota: Land of 150 Trails

      Posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM


      A rider on Minnesota’s newest mountain biking trail at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

      Ask any Minnesotan—even those who don’t bicycle much—and chances are they’ll know that the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis are consistently ranked among the top bike-friendly locations across the nation. But what many Minnesotans—especially those who don’t bicycle much—probably don’t know is that there is a great resource available online that is dedicated to Minnesota bicycling.

      Pedal Minnesota is the result of a partnership between a wide range of Minnesota groups and government agencies, all centered on the goal of getting Minnesotans pedaling. The site features a map of trails and bike-friendly roads (as well as worthwhile locations like bike shops, parks, and food/lodging) across the state; a list of resources for individuals, communities, and businesses; a page highlighting the many bike events occurring across Minnesota; and a “Pedal Central” blog, featuring articles on all aspects of Minnesota biking, such as tips on keeping cool while bicycling this summer.

      In recognition of the important role that bicycling plays in Minnesota—economically, recreationally, and as a form of transportation—Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed last May to be Minnesota Bike Month, in an effort to also promote further efforts for bike safety. Last October was also proclaimed to be Safe Routes to School Month by Governor Dayton, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health (a PedalMN partner), to promote the positive health and academic benefits that accompany students who make a habit of walking or bicycling to school each day.

      The partners behind Pedal Minnesota include outdoor organizations like the Parks and Trails Council, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service; statewide partners like Explore Minnesota Tourism and  the Minnesota Department of Transportation; as well as independent coalitions like BikeMN and Health Partners.

      For a rundown on bike safety, be sure to also check out this page from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.