Mpls officials considering land bridge over Lake St. that would connect Calhoun, Isles [IMAGE]

Minneapolis Park Board via Southwest Journal -- click to enlarge
A conceptual drawing of the "Lake Street Lid."
Here's the problem -- as it stands right now, getting from one end to the other of Minnesota's busiest park (the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, which includes Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles) involves traversing a bottlenecked tunnel underneath the busiest stretch of county road in Minneapolis (Lake Street). That's inconvenient to say the least.

SEE ALSO: Minneapolis officials taking heat for $200 million Central-Nicollet streetcar plan

But would you believe the solution could be as simple as building a green bridge right over Lake Street? Apparently, if enough money can be found, it might be.

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Nice Ride looks to expand first to Rochester, then to Greater Minnesota

Categories: Bicycle
Now that Nice Ride has 170 stations and more than 1,500 bikes throughout the Twin Cities, the four-year-old bike share network is setting its sights on the rest of the state.

Expansion plans were hatched when the program's flagship sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, put out a state-wide call asking communities for proposals that would help them address various health issues.

"Many of the proposals that they got back from Bemidji, from Morris, from all these other towns said, 'We want what the Twin Cities has,'" explains Mitch Vars, Nice Ride's I.T. Director. "'We want bike share, we want Nice Ride.'"

See Also:
- Open letter to New York: Stop freaking out about your bike share program
- Nice Ride adds 24 new stations for 2013 season
- Nice Ride hits 500,000 trips

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Open letter to New York: Stop freaking out about your bike share program

Categories: Bicycle
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See, New Yorkers, you're not the only ones.
Hey, New York City:

You're doing this bike share thing wrong.

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Minneapolis police trying to up returns on stolen bicycles

Categories: Bicycle
Photo: Thirteen Of Clubs via Flickr Creative Commons
The Minneapolis Police Department introduced a new bike registration program today designed to link stolen cycles to their owners.

Minneapolis left off most bikeable cities list
Minnesota drops two spots on list of most bike-friendly states

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Outrage: Minneapolis left off most bikeable cities list despite having second-best Bike Score

Thirteen Of Clubs via Flickr Creative Commons
Not a top 10 bike city my ass!
This week, Walk Score used Bike Score data to put together its ranking of the 10 Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities.

SEE ALSO: Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining's Best Bike City honor

Minneapolis, you might recall, clocked in with the second-highest Bike Score in the county last December (only Boulder ranked higher). Nonetheless, Walk Score left the City of Lakes out of its top 10. So what the hell gives?

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Minnesota drops two spots on list of most bike-friendly states

Categories: Bicycle, Lists

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Time to bring in a bunch more of these things.
It's time to get it together, Minnesota.

In its annual list of bike friendly states, released Wednesday, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Minnesota number four in the country, a two-spot drop from 2012. Washington state held onto its number-one position, while Colorado and Oregon leap-frogged us.

Minneapolis is America's best bike city
Nice Ride adds 24 new stations for 2013 season

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New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]

Minnesota Daily
Like the Midtown Greenway, the Dinkytown bikeway will run along an old railroad corridor.
Folks looking to bike to and from Dinkytown and downtown will have a new and convenient route at their disposal in just a couple of months.

SEE ALSO: The most- and least-bikeable spots in Mpls [MAPS]

That's because work on the "Granary Corridor" two-lane bike highway is set to be completed by the end of June.

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Cyclist claims Molotov cocktail was thrown at him from Midtown Greenway bridge [PHOTO] [UPDATE]

Categories: Bicycle, Scary
Ditlefsen (left) says a Molotov cocktail thrown at him set the Midtown Greenway ablaze.
-- Original post from April 3; update at bottom --

Just after 1 p.m. this afternoon, Drew Ditlefsen was biking eastbound on the Midtown Greenway when he says he received a very scary surprise.

SEE ALSO: "Not enough evidence" to charge driver of car that hit and killed biker with homicide

As he passed under the 15th Avenue bridge, he heard a crash and glass breaking. Afraid more objects would be thrown at him, he kept moving, but he managed to look over his shoulder quickly and he could see the entire width of the Greenway in flames.

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Nice Ride adds 24 new stations for 2013 season

Categories: Bicycle
The weather might be cartwheeling between sunny 60-degrees and forecasts of flurries, but a more consistent sign of spring started showing its reassuring face last week: Nice Ride's lime green bikes, back on the street for their fourth season. Along with the seasonal re-launch comes some upgrades for the program.

See Also:
- Nice Ride hits 500,000 trips
- Nice Ride takes down public data over tracking concerns
- Nice Ride Minnesota secures major funding for expansion

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Driver who hit Elyse Stern charged with felony hit and run, but not homicide

Categories: Bicycle, Crime
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Pulled over after hitting Stern, Hernandez-Campoceco told police: "I hit a person, I'm not going to lie to you, I hit a person."
:::: UPDATE :::: Prosecutors: "Not enough evidence" to charge driver of car that hit Elyse Stern with homicide

The driver who struck and killed 28-year-old Elyse Stern while she biked through the intersection of East Lake Street and Cedar Avenue South early Saturday morning has been charged with a felony hit-and-run count and DWI, but not criminal vehicular homicide.

THE BACKSTORY: Elyse Stern, 28, killed in Saturday morning bike accident at Lake Street and Cedar Avenue

As the criminal complain explains it, an intoxicated 27-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco was driving through the intersection westbound on Lake Street when Stern tried to pass through the intersection in front of him. But Hernandez-Campoceco didn't see her and struck her with enough force to put a basketball-sized hole in his windshield. He then drove away from the scene before he was pulled over after an officer noticed his vehicle had massive front-end damage.

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