Choose Your Own Adventure Minneapolis - Biking the Cedar Lake Trail
Upon entering Minneapolis, you will notice that bikes are everywhere. There are bike lanes with bikers using them to get around downtown for work, to get exercise by looping the lakes, to run errands, & to take in many outdoor concerts and plays. Of course, if you live in Minneapolis, you could easily own one or more bikes, but there is another option available to residents and travelers alike, Nice Ride.
On my visit, I chose to enlist in a daily membership to Nice Ride, which is a bike share program. With 65 locations throughout the city both at all the major points of interest as well as out at the lakes, these handy bikes can be used by the hour or day allowing you to ride and view Minneapolis like a local.
It is no wonder that the city has been awarded many titles of being bike friendly; the sheer number of bike trails available is something to brag about. For a first timer to the Minneapolis area, I would suggest the Chain of Lakes Trail which is 13.3 miles and allows you to do a portion of the larger, Grand Rounds, which is a 50.1 mile loop. On my trip, I took the Cedar Lake Trail from downtown to Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, & Cedar Lake. It is a portion of the Chain of Lakes Trail.
At this leisurely pace, pedal-by-pedal, you will witness Minneapolis and its people on a much more familiar, eye-level than by car or bus. Additionally, you will have flexibility to pull off the trails for pictures, picnics, rests, and wildlife spottings like whitetail deer and rabbits.