Minneapolis rated among world's best biking citiesby Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — An international travel magazine has named Minneapolis one of the top biking cities in the world.
The city is one of three in the U.S. that made the list of top biking towns, according to Travel and Leisure's June 2009 issue. The other two were Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash.
"Minneapolis has built an infrastructure that promotes bicycling on many fronts," according to the Travel and Leisure ranking. "From bike lockers and designated street lanes, to recreational trails and snowplows dedicated to clearing off-street paths, a system exists to make transportation on a bike efficient, safe, and hassle-free."
Other cities on the list include: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bogota, Colombia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Montreal, Canada; Munich, Germany; Paris, France and Perth, Australia.
According to the U.S. Census 2007 American Community Survey, Minneapolis ranks second after Portland for its share of commuters who bike to work.
Minneapolis has more than 40 miles of dedicated bicycle lanes and 83 miles of off-street bicycle paths.