The Twin Cities allegedly have the second most bike commuters in the U.S. as a percent of population. And because of our weather, we may have some of the hardiest. We're fortunate to have extended trail systems and scenic parkways that make commuting a pleasure. And unless too many commuters get there first, our buses and light rail can accommodate bikes to extend your range.
There's been an explosion of people riding to work this year, and many others curious about trying it out. This period reminds me of the early days of the running boom in the second half of the '70s, when distance running moved from an eccentric pursuit at the fringes of public consciousness to a widely accepted activity for men and women of all ages. As more people became acquainted with regular folks who were doing it, they were able to overcome their excuses and fears — and get out there for themselves.
These Cyclomuter profiles of Twin Cities riders are published periodically to encourage bike commuting and all the good stuff that goes with it — good health, reduced congestion, increased appreciation of where we live, safer streets, etc. I hope to show some of the beauty and diversity of our cycling community, and not just portray bike fanatics and long-distance superheroes.
If you'd be willing to share your story, download my questionnaire.
Here's the map that shows the routes and local bike shops mentioned in this series.