Updated Minnesota state bicycle map now available

Below is a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. I spent a few minutes looking at some of the online maps on my computer at work. They seem very detailed and should be useful for planning future trips. I tried looking at them on my less-than-genius, slightly outdated smart phone (the phone in the picture accompanying this post) and couldn’t access them. But I may need to download a PDF viewer or something as simple as that.

The map’s site also features links to other sites that are useful for planning that next ride.

 Updated Minnesota state bicycle map now available

Paper, electronic editions cover bike facilities statewide

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has published an updated edition of the state’s bicycle map, the first since 2001.

Available both in paper and electronic format, the free map provides bicycle accommodations across the state, making it easier for cyclists to plan long-distance bicycle trips. Map information includes:

I tried looking at them on my less-than-genius, slightly outdated smart phone and couldn’t access them. But I may need to download a PDF viewer or something as simple as that.

— Roadway details — shoulder width, pavement type and traffic volumes (low or high)

— State and regional trails, including the Mississippi River Trail

— State historic sites, parks, city index and other points of interest

— Safety tips

Paper versions of the map are available at the MnDOT Central Office Building, 395 John Ireland Boulevard in St. Paul, and at the Kick Gas exhibit inside the Eco Experience building on Randall Avenue, during the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 22-Sept. 2.

The electronic version of the map, available at mndot.gov/bike/maps.html and compatible with smart phones, features more detailed routes than the paper version, and includes smaller and printable areas of the state. The online version of the map will be updated twice yearly and offers opportunities for public feedback. Cyclists also may request a paper version of the map on the website.

Bicycling plays a big role in Minnesota’s transportation system, and the state ranked as the fourth overall “Bicycle Friendly State” by the League of American Bicyclists in May 2013. States were evaluated based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning.

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