Bicycle

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Getting from Point A to Point B is a big deal in Duluth.

There are a lot of options (walking, biking, public transportation, skiing) and a lot of challenges (weather, bike-friendly streets, access to transportation for folks without cars or with disabilities).

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Which bike trails around the Northland would you like to see improved?

The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to know.  The state’s next U.S. Bicycle Route will connect existing roads and trails between St. Paul and Grand Portage State Park.

The new route will be about 325 miles long and will connect with the state’s first designated U.S. Bicycle Route, the Mississippi River Trail.

Healthy Duluth/ Henry French

Have you always wanted a trail in Duluth named after you?  If so, this is not your opportunity.  The city Parks and Rec Department is looking for something a little catchier than "the Lowell to Lakewalk trail" and they're asking for your ideas ... but there are a few ground rules.

Healthy Duluth/ Bryan French

Duluth bicyclists are proud of how bike-friendly the city has become.

So it's no surprise that when the most recent draft of the redesigned Superior Street was scheduled to be unveiled (next Tuesday, June 23), there was concern that the plan didn't include bike lanes.

Shawna MullenEardley of the Healthy Duluth Coalition says they drafted a letter of support asking for a “'Complete Street' design, including parallel parking, comfortable pedestrian spaces, convenient transit stops, and protected bike lanes" and it's getting a lot of, well ... support:

 Kelly Wallin, head mechanic for the Bike Cave in Duluth, talks about how the Bike Cave creates access to bicycles for everyone.  Located at 1712 Jefferson Street, it is run completely by volunteers and functions on a skill-trade system. Those who wish to build a bicycle can trade parts, knowledge, volunteer hours or even food for the community as payment for a bicycle. 

Photos by Brian Downing and Bryan French

Everytime you turn around, it seems, Duluth is out-performing other cities twice its size.

Here's another example:  Duluth it's 13th in the nation of cities with bicycle-friendly businesses.  And if you break it down to businesses-per-capita, it ranks first.

Healthy Duluth Coalition has presented awards to the most bicycle-friendly businesses in the city, and Active Transportation Coordinator Shawna Mullen Early says nominees were evaluated by the Four E's of Bicycling: education, encouragement, engineering and evaluation.