Bicycles are Built for Commuting
Bikes are affordable, fun, fast, and efficient. Biking is good for the planet and it’s great for you! Stay fit on your way to work while taking in scenic views on some of Minnesota’s most enticing trails and parkways.
Equip yourself with the basics. Visit a bike shop for gear, recommendations and expert tune-ups. You don’t have to spend much to get going.
- Bike – old or new, owned or shared, road or city, geared, fixie or fattie, human-powered or electric, cargo bike or a trike!
- Helmet – fitting comfortably snug and low across your forehead
- Something for cargo – panniers, a basket or a backpack
- Rechargeable headlight and a bright red taillight
- Comfortable clothing and rain gear
No bike? No problem! Minneapolis and neighboring communities are home to plentiful bike resources including bikeshare. From Nice Ride to FullCycle, you’ll be rolling sooner rather than later. If you’re new to biking and feel alone in this ride, rest assured you’re not. There are many organizations rooting for you – look here. Biking is for everyone!
Map your route to work (and play)
- Minneapolis bike map
- TrailLink maps of individual Minneapolis trails
- Hennepin County interactive bike map
- Twin Cities bike map from Bikeverywhere (fee)
- Saint Paul interactive bike map
- Saint Paul City of Saint Paul bike map pdf
- Saint Paul Bike Coalition 2021 St Paul bike map
- Minnesota state bike map
- Trail detour during construction of Southwest LRT
- Minnesota Bike Trail Navigator (map aggregator, with tips)
- Map My Ride multi-function app (fee)
- Dakota County and other notable trail maps
- Anoka County bike map
Ride Tracking Apps
Find secure bike parking
If you’re lucky your employer offers indoor bicycle storage. If not, check out downtown’s secure public bicycle parking. Ramp B offers a FREE Bike & Ride facility that is operated by Metro Transit. The Bike & Ride holds up to fifty bikes in this secure facility. Contact Bike & Ride for registration.
Seasonal and long-term bike lockers can be rented here, or call the Ramp A office: (612) 343-PARK (7275) firstname.lastname@example.org Metro Transit also rents bike lockers at transit hubs throughout the Twin Cities . Many buildings offer secure bike lockers or rooms. Check with your employer or facilities manager.
Grab a shower
Showers and bathrooms are available to bicyclists in Ramp A and Ramp B on the west end of downtown.
Is your workplace bike friendly?
Employers in the know choose buildings with bicycle amenities, including secure bike racks and storage, overnight lockers and showers. Those without amenities can welcome cyclists by offering subsidies to nearby gyms or by outfitting their restrooms with storage and changing areas. All employers should offer bike benefits that mirror or surpass parking benefits, including breaks on health insurance premiums.