Minneapolis was named the nation’s most bike-friendly city by Bicycling magazine this year, finally knocking pesky Portland off its long-held saddle. Forty more miles of bike trails are due to be completed by year’s end, adding to the existing 120-plus miles of on- and off-street trails.
The Twin Cities are home to several bike design firms, including Surly, Salsa, Civia (all three owned by Bloomington-based Quality Bike Parts, the biggest parts dealer in the country), Rawland, and All-City. And this year, a new nonprofit called Nice Ride Minnesota offers wheels you can ride between “stations,” priced by single ride or longer lease. It’s the largest bike-sharing system in the U.S. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s popular: We’ve seen people riding those green Devinci bikes everywhere.