The World's Top Biking Cities
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Minneapolis, the country’s number two bike-commuting city, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, is a case study in policy promoting bicycling as a viable means to get around. From federal government grants to local volunteers building trails, the Minnesotan metropolis has been rearranged in the past five years to facilitate transportation as well as recreation on two wheels. There are miles of off-street paths and a single-track mountain-biking trail in a park near downtown. The city even plows bike paths when it snows. For visitors, a tour on the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway system provides a car-free trip from the banks of the Mississippi River to Minneapolis’s famous chain of urban lakes.