Yeah, baseball opener is coming, but how we all get to the game downtown now has a few options besides driving our pickups and Suvs. The NorthStar line from Big Lake to Target Field is scheduled for home games. The Hiawatha line is again cramming fans into trains. Mix up the night on the town and game with fellow fans to the park and ride. With the new season bicyclist will want to ride out to the Field using the 50 plus miles of trail system. There is a new stretch of trail opening soon that goes right into Target Field. From the West side at the terminus of the Cedar Lake super highway trail. (take a right and you end up at Lee’s Liquor Lounge) Go straight ahead toward Target Field. When I was on this section St. Patty’s Day the trail was open to the parking lot before Washington Ave. The trail will eventually connect with the River Road and is expected to open this Spring. From the River Road there will be signs pointing to Target Field.
With this new trail to the River the opportunity to bypass downtown all together has finally been created. It seems that now the population from North and Northeast can move freely towards Southwest Minneapolis and the inner ring suburbs of Edina and St Louis Park. And as more Southwester’s become familiar with the trail, access to the West Bank and the University has just become easier. From a recreational point of view, this link eliminates being relegated to the messy bike lanes that the city created on first avenue last year. So take some time and find new routes this year, get off the beaten path and discover the city again.
Not only is this bike upside down but so is much of the world view these days. The people of North Africa who started this revolution over higher food prices need to know Westerners have their backs. How we do this is by using our bikes which reduces our dependence on ethanol. Crop land for fuel is one factor leading to higher food prices. Mandated by the the US Government ethanol blends have been increased to 15%. Using less ethanol also decreases demand for oil so the supply goes up and prices go down. Does riding a bike symbolize a worldview that you can live with? Now is not the time to sit on your hands and do nothing. Do motion. Move more and feed your car less.
These are four repurposed bikes we ride in Minneapolis MN. See flickr for more photo’s and Rev 2 link on blogroll. Also a video on flickr.
Loppet 2011 in Minneapolis this weekend. Ice bike race on frozen lagoon in the City of Lakes Uptown. Big turn out with spectators’ riding in fair weather conditions. Check out flick for more bike photos. Sponsors say this winter event is the largest ski event in the country this year.
This is the Rollo that we share. All the low end bikes in our household are shared. What I mean by low end is the bike was free or falls somewhere in the realm of cheap and easy. Ask if you want to ride my road bike. What if we didn’t actually own bikes and all we had to do was swipe our credit card anytime we wanted to ride? Pretty convenient stuff in a perfect world. Would that world be better? Like a condo association for biking, no maintenance, repairs, just a fee for using. Like hour car for biking, take it and leave it anywhere as long as you use it, still just a fee. No matter, this would be a bargain for most Americans. First, let’s talk fees. Initially this won’t cost most people anything. By clearing out garage of dads vintage 70’s bikes that no one has ridden in 30 years there is immediate cash flow. Take off and enjoy for a season the space you created in the garage. Look for more stuff to sell, skate, Nordic Track, Canoe, cross country skis, bar bells, bowling ball, walking stick, you see the profits rolling in and another biking season ahead is paid for. Look at all the stuff you don’t need to own anymore. Pretty soon you can rent out the garage to some dude that’s even got less than you. Start your own community right now by using bike share.
I wanted to get some more New Orleans pictures on the site. It makes me warm seeing them again. Can’t wait to have some real warmth again in the South. I’ll be taking a break this month on the beach and away from the ice and snow. Until then I will be working on more local bicycle pictures as we are one less day of winter and I don’t want to miss anything.