A number of people have sent me links to two news articles coming from the great city of Minneapolis. It’s no secret that I have a deep love for the Mini Apple, as referenced in my brief overview of the cycling scene there. Folks “get it” there…and they do it on two wheels year-round, despite some rather atrocious winters.
First up, take a look at this cool self-service bike repair kiosk located on the Midtown Greenway:
Minneapolis was named the country’s number one city for biking last year by Bicycling magazine, but the city’s bike community isn’t resting on its laurels. Looking to make Minneapolis even more welcoming to cyclists, local entrepreneurs recently opened the city’s first self-service bicycle repair kiosk, to serve the flat tubes and busted gears of the thousands of cyclists who travel Minneapolis’s bike paths each week.
Full article available at GOOD Magazine…just click here.
Secondly, well above the national average, women have taken to two wheels in MPLS. The following article has some interesting insights as to why more women nationally aren’t adopting bicycles as transportation, and points to overall safety as helping the Minneapolis “uptick” in female riders:
There’s been a lot of head scratching lately on the question of why women don’t bike as much as men. Recently, the discussion got another little bump when the New York Times weighed in.
But what adds to the puzzle is that’s not really true in Minneapolis compared to the rest of the country and even other bike friendly cities like Portland. Here, depending on the data, between 31 and 45 percent of bicyclists are women, compared to a national average of 26.4 percent. The only thing the biking pundits find more puzzling is that people here also bike in the winter.
The full article is available at the Minneapolis Star Tribune…click here to read the rest.
Mad props to the titans of the tundra — and if you haven’t visited Minneapolis before, please do — it’s a wonderful city, not just for bikes.