Big week here in the cities for dedicated bicycling opportunities.
- After years and years, the Cedar Lake Trail is now finished to the river. The project took 20 years, and was interrupted by the building of a ballpark. However, the slightly weird routing through downtown from the river to the CLT is now a thing of the past. A grand opening gala is scheduled for 5PM June 14 between the Federal Reserve Bank and the river on the West River Parkway, but you can ride the trail today.
- Close by the Cedar Lake Trail, new bicycle shower and locker facilities have been added to Ramp B in Minneapolis. Bicycle parking is free, but there is a fee to shower and use the lockers. This fee is still a lot less than the fees to park a car, and offers downtown commuters an option for showering if their employer lacks one.
- The RiverLake Greenway has been completed, and a grand opening soiree has been scheduled for Saturday, June 11. The RLG is a 5-mile dedicated bicycle facility running E-W, mostly along 40th and 42nd Streets between the Mississippi River and Lake Harriet. Lots of fun is planned for the grand opening, including some bike rodeos for kids.
- Open Streets Minneapolis is set for next weekend, June 12. This is not a permanent facility, but counts as an opening for the purposes of this post, because Lyndale Avenue between 22nd and 42nd Streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic. The event is free, but there will be a variety of fine groups willing to take donations of cash, as well as many fine merchants along Lyndale who will be happy to exchange money for beverages, food, goods and services.
There’s plenty of action to be had associated with all of these bike-walk events, so check out the fun in Minneapolis at any one of these options.