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More perfect bicycling weather - Ride Safe! Photo taken in the Twin Cities Gateway Area on a ride showcasing the bike freindly roads connecting to a vast system of trails.

Bike Pic Sept 14, More Perfect Bicycling Weather – Ride Safe!

More perfect bicycling weather – Ride Safe! Photo taken in the Twin Cities Gateway Area on a ride showcasing the bike friendly roads connecting to a vast system of trails. Here, driving their bikes and following road safety etiquette, members of the Hiawatha Bicycling Club rode a 32-mile loop.The route they toured passed through the towns of Anoka, Blaine, Fridley, and Ham Lake in the gateway communities.

Notice in the photo that the riders approaching the intersection’s stop light are riding two abreast and staying in the center lane to go straight through. This is a Share the Road procedure so vehicles in the right and left turning lanes are not blocked from making their turn. See more safety riding tips in this AAA Video. Want to take a cycling 101 class, see: BikeMN.org for their schedule or your state bicycle advocacy group.

See many more perfect bicycling weather tips and bike friendly places to explore, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the Perfect Bicycling Weather Pic of the Day. 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

Help with a Wise Bike Wednesdays ABC Quick Check from a League of American Bicyclist Instructor, so biking to school is fun.

Wise Bike Wednesdays – ABC Quick Check Your Way to Fun

 

Wise Bike Wednesdays has a reminder,“Before You Go,” always remember your ABC’s:

A is for Air

B is for Brakes

C is for Cranks, Chain, and Cassette

Quick = is for quick release lever – make sure it’s tight!

Check = take a quick ride to check it all before you go on your next bike adventure!

With many students heading back to school this week biking is a great way to get some exercise, be green, and avoid the traffic and congestion of a long bus ride to school. 

Whether you’re a parent getting your kids on their bike to get to school or someone who will be responsible for your own bike and adventure, it’s important to remember the key safety rules for biking.

You can check these basics in the HaveFunBiking digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide on page 60-61. If you have our print copy, check it out on page 30.

Help with a Wise Bike Wednesdays bike rodeo training course lead by instructors of BikeMN, so biking to school is fun.

Help with a Wise Bike Wednesdays bike rodeo training course, lead by instructors of BikeMN, so biking to school is fun.

Thanks for viewing Wise Bike Wednesdays, here at HaveFunBiking. 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to ride to and have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin.

Learning to use turn signals at a Wise Bike Wednesdays rodeo training course lead by instructors of BikeMN, so biking to school is fun.

Learning to use hand signals at a Wise Bike Wednesdays rodeo training course, lead by instructors of BikeMN,

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

Four days and counting, the St Paul Bicycle Classic.

Bike Pic Sept 7, Four Days and Counting, the St. Paul Bicycle Classic

 

Coming this weekend, the St Paul Bicycle Classic is fun for the whole family and happens this Sunday, September 11th. Sponsored by AARP, this 22nd Annual Event benefits the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota in making the state a safer place to ride.

See many more bike friendly events like the St. Paul Bicycle Classic and other places to explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide

Thanks for viewing the St Paul Bicycle Classic Pic of the Day 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While showcasing all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more place to have fun we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing the guide.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. And don’t forget to smile, while you are riding and having fun. We may capture you in one of our next photos that we post daily.

Have a great day!

BikeMN 2016 Train & Trail Tour – Photo Gallery Recap

On Saturday, June 20th the skies were sunny and the raindrops promised to stay away for a fun-filled day on the 4th Annual BikeMN Train & Trail Tour. After checking in at the BikeMN (Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota) table, at the Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board headquarters, everyone pedaled to the train. At the Target Field Station train platform, over 100 bicyclists boarded the Northstar Train for the ride to Big Lake, MN. After a 45-mile train ride, they arrived in Big Lake, where tour participants rolled their bikes off the rail cars. They were ready to take off for the 42-mile journey back to Minneapolis.

Facebook Photo Gallery of  the 2016 Train & Trail Tour

Enjoy the pictures we took while following the riders that were having fun riding their bikes along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) in the HaveFunBiking Facebook Photo Gallery. The MRT is a bicycle route that has been mapped by MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation). In Minnesota, the full route of the MRT meanders roughly 620-miles paralleling the river. Starting from its source at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border – then on to New Orleans. Utilizing largely low-traffic roads, the MRT route also includes relatively long segments of scenic state and regional trails.

The Tour

In Downtown, the Elk River tour riders enjoyed a catered lunch in the town square. Located next to the fountain overlooking the confluence of the Elk and the Mississippi Rivers, it was a great location to see the rivers.

At the Highway 169 Bridge, in Champlain, the MRT trail allows riders to choose two routes into Minneapolis. Crossing the Mississippi River here, riders can tour the Twin Cities Gateway through the nine wonderful towns. These communities include Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Fridley, all paralleling the river on the East-MRT.

For the Train & Trail Tour, riders stayed on the Minneapolis Northwest 301 side, or West-MRT, heading south towards Minneapolis. After crossing the I-694 Freeway Bridge, riders found the shaded trails along this stretch a comfort from the hot sun. The afternoon heat on this day made things a bit sticky. Leaving the North Mississippi Regional Park, it’s approximately three-miles to the end. For Train & Trail participants it meant it was time for ice cream.

If you were not able to join BikeMN on one of these Train & Trail Tour adventures, then don’t worry. If you would like to experience this route on your own, it’s easy to plan. First, check Metro Transit’s Northstar Rail schedule and connection to get you and your bike up to Big Lake or all the way to St CloudThen, study MnDOT’s County Bike Maps for a desirable route that you would prefer to ride back.

HaveFunBiking – it’s a great multi-modal experience traveling by train and then biking back to your original destination.

Bike Pic July 1, ice cream smiles Friday!

After a hot day riding her bike the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota’s (BikeMN) Train & Trail Bike Ride last week, she had one last smile with an ice cream cone in hand. This annual ride meets along the river in Minneapolis, boards the North Star Commuter Rail to Big Lake, then rides the Mississippi River Trail back.

MN Bike Guide

Find many more bike friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media source, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you Find Your Next Adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our cameras will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to Find Your Next Adventure. We are proud of the updated  At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic June 5, making riding fun, easy and safe

After seven years, it is time for bike riders in Minnesota to put their feet up and reflect on all the accomplishment the Bicycle Alliance has made in making the state a easy, fun and safe place to ride a bike.

See all the bike friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media source, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you Find Your Next Adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our cameras will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to Find Your Next Adventure. We are proud of the updated  At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic March 16, riding safely on city streets

Here Jeff Milbauer, with Valley Bike & Ski, in Apple Valley, MN and a League of American Bicyclist Instructor (LCI) with the Bike Alliance of Minnesota is giving this young cyclist a few pointers on riding safely on streets.

See all the MN LCI’s in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, on page 72.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices. 

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

BikeMN Train & Trail Tour 2014 – Recap

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

On June 21st, the skies were sunny and the raindrops promised to stay away for the day as the 3rd Annual Train & Trail Tour got underway.

DSCF3194Here riders checked in at the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) table in front of the Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board headquarters, in North Minneapolis, Minn.

DSCF3195With Registration out of the way over 140 riders were eager to ride their bikes on the two miles stretch to the Target Field Station platform and board the Northstar Train.

DSCF3204With bikes and cyclist loaded the destination was Big Lake on the 45-mile train ride. Upon the trains arrival cyclists rolled their bikes off the rail cars to prepare for the 42-mile journey back to Minneapolis.

DSCF3208Here this group of touring multi-modal cyclists are leaving the station at Big Lake and heading toward the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) for the ride back to Minneapolis.

DSCF3238This photo shows several cyclists having fun driving their bikes along the MRT. This is a bicycle route that has been mapped along the river by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The full route winds roughly 620 miles down-river from its source at Itasca State Park, through the Twin Cities, to the Iowa border. Located largely on the shoulders of paved roads and on low-traffic roads, the route also includes relatively long segments of scenic state and regional trails along the way.

DSCF3288A happy biker wearing a Saint Paul Classic jersey enjoys his time on Train & Trail Ride, cruising along the “Great River Trail”.

DSCF3292Here the tour arrives in the city of Elk River, about 10-miles down-river from Big Lake.

DSCF3295In Downtown Elk River tour riders enjoyed a catered lunch in the town square, next to the fountain, in River’ Edge Park overlooking the confluence of the Elk and the Mississippi Rivers.

DSCF3305Here are some hungry riders on the tour enjoyed the picnic lunch near the river’s edge.

DSCF3330Coming into the town of Datyon, this rider was having a little fun in front of the camera.

DSCF3342Here is another group on the tour having fun and enjoying the scenery along the way.
DSCF3380Crossing under the Highway 169 Bridge, in Champlain, cyclist discovered that this stretch of the MRT is on a trail.

DSCF3408A mile past the Coon Rapids Dam cyclists are now crossing over the 610 Freeway Bridge and heading south toward Minneapolis.
DSCF3447Here the tour riders are enjoying the route as they finds the next section of MRT trail that passes under the 696 Freeway Bridge into the North Mississippi Regional Park, in North Minneapolis.
DSCF3459Here are a couple of the Train & Trail riders leaving this beautiful urban park setting along the Mississippi River. From this point it is less than three mile to the end and time for a root beer float at the end.

DSCF3461About a minute after the last Train & Trail rider past by the North Mississippi Regional Park sign above, this white tailed deer appeared watching the cyclist ride off into the city.

A note from David Gepner, the Train & Trail Tour director, “I would like to thank everyone who came out to ride the Train & Trail Tour with the Bike Alliance of Minnesota this year.  “A special thanks to Metro Transit for accommodating all the riders and bikes of all types, shapes and sizes on the train. The Minneapolis Park Board for allowing us the use of their parking lot and making access to the Target Field Station easy for everyone to board the train. Thanks also to the Twin City Bike Club for designating the Train & Trail Tour as an official “outreach ride”, and welcome to the Hiawatha Bike Club riders”.

If you were not able to join the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota on the 2014 Train & Trail Tour adventure and would like to experience the route on your own someday, plan your own journey. First check Metro Transit’s Northstar Rail schedule and connection to get you and your bike up to Big Lake or St Cloud from the Twin Cities. Then, study MnDOT’s course map for the Mississippi River Trail routes available to ride back.

HaveFun – it’s a great experience traveling along the river on a bike.