I’ve been lucky enough to have visited several of the world’s major cities and have enjoyed the experience.
That said, there’s still a lot I appreciate about the Twin Cities — the river, the lakes as part of the city landscape, the diverse terrain and the culture.
Mass transit is one aspect of the metro area where I think there’s room for improvement.
When it comes to human-powered transportation, however, the Twin Cities area is great.
And every once in awhile, the area’s residents close some streets to motor vehicles to turn them over to bicyclists.
That’s what happened Sunday in St. Paul.
Thousands gathered at the University of St. Thomas for the annual run of the St. Paul Classic.
My daughter, Gabriela, and I rode the Classic’s 30-mile route.
Hundreds of volunteers registered riders, manned rest stops along the Classic’s two routes, served snacks and drinks and assisted police in directing traffic along the routes.
The route Gabby and I rode took us past mansions, lakes, bluffs and barges on the river as an Amtrak passenger rolled by on the other side of the thoroughfare on which we pedaled.
In all, it took us more than three hours — including a couple rest stops — to complete the 30-mile route.
As we finished, a father and daughter — she’s traveled quite a bit as well — agreed the Twin Cities is a special place.