Ride Hennepin County. Photo of a woman riding her bike along a bridge near downtown Minneapolis.

We invite you to ride in Hennepin County.

226 miles of off-street bikeways and 425 miles of on-street bikeways connecting 45 cities and 1.2 million residents

You have places to go. We'll help you get there. Hennepin County has miles of bikeways that connect people with places, and our 2040 bike plan is designed to keep biking simple, safe and fun for everyone.

Use the interactive county bike map

May is Bike Month!

Join Hennepin County and communities across the nation in celebrating Bike Month this May. Every year, riders of all abilities and experience levels come together to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling. Whether you’re trying biking for the first time, or you’re a seasoned cyclist, May is the month to discover and appreciate all the reasons to ride. What’s yours?

Bike to Work Week is May 15-19

It’s fun, convenient and cheap, plus it keeps you and the environment healthy, and improves your mood and productivity throughout the work day.

There are events and activities planned throughout the week, including group rides, classes, commuter pit stops, free snacks and refreshments, celebration events and more.

More information and a complete list of Bike to Work Week events 

Bike to Work Day is May 19

Whether it's your first ride to work, or you're a weathered all-season rider, there's no better day to celebrate all the benefits of biking to work. Celebrate National Bike to Work Day with events and activities encouraging newer riders planned throughout the Twin Cities.

Take the pledge to ride on May 19

Work downtown? Meet up at the Government Center North Plaza for a fun Bike to Work Day celebration with refreshments, speakers and more.

Bike to Work Day morning celebration

  • Friday, May 19, 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center, North Plaza
  • Rain location: Government Center, skyway level

Experienced bike commuters, County commissioners and Minneapolis City Council members will be leading bike rides starting from different locations around Minneapolis and ending at the North Plaza. Find a ride here.

Free bike classes

When it comes to biking, a little bit of knowledge can carry you a long way. Brush up on the basics with these free classes on bike maintenance and city riding. 

Basic Bike Maintenance
April 19, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | 701 Building
Details and RSVP

City Biking 101
April 26, 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Government Center
Details and RSVP

Basic Bike Maintenance
May 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Government Center
Details and RSVP

City Biking 101 
May 31, 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Government Center
Details and RSVP

National Bike Challenge

Join the National Bike Challenge, which runs from May 1 to September 30. Log your rides and earn points for your chance to win prizes. It’s a fun and easy way to challenge yourself and encourage others.

Follow the National Bike Challenge on Facebook for updates on the 2017 challenge.

Join the challenge

Be a workplace bike ambassador

If you’re already an enthusiastic bike commuter, consider becoming a bike ambassador for your workplace. Champion the cause by being a resource for newer riders. 

  • Arrange a class at your workplace
  • Get your coworkers riding with the Twin Cities Bike to Work Day business packet 
  • Become a sponsor of Twin Cities Bike to Work Day 

If you're a Hennepin County employee, check out the employee bike commuting page for even more ways to celebrate all the benefits of biking this May, including group rides and ways to earn health credits.

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Spring

Whether you and your bike were hibernating or riding through the winter months, spring is a good time to make sure your ride is ready for the warmer months ahead.

Do a thorough check of the chain, tires, brakes, derailleur and lights. Clean and lubricate the chain. Or take it to a shop.

Fenders will keep you and your bike dry during spring showers.

Connect with old friends or meet some new people to ride with at springtime bike events. 

Check out some of the local events for #30DaysOfBiking in April. And, don’t forget, May is Bike Month! 

Great spring trip: Explore the paths along the Mississippi to watch the birds return and plants bloom.

 

 

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Summer

Protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen or clothing.

Be mindful of the influx of people who are enjoying the outdoors.

Great summer trip: Ride to your farmers market for some fresh local food.

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Fall

This is prime biking time. Enjoy the crisp air, low humidity and absence of bugs.

As the days get shorter, be sure to use front and rear lights.

Great fall trip: Head to a regional or state park to take in fall's colors.

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Winter

Stick with it! Don't give up with the first cold day or snowfall.

Use lights, reflectors and reflective clothing to keep you visible.

Great winter trip: Near sunset, bike to the middle of a safely frozen lake. Lie down and watch the sky blend night with day.
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Hennepin County named a Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists named Hennepin County a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, a distinction held by only a handful of communities nationwide. Hennepin is the first county in the state to earn the status at any level; no standalone county in the country has a higher ranking.

You deserve a big thank-you for biking in Hennepin County. Keep it up and continue to #ridehennepin. Learn more about the status and criteria at www.bikeleague.org/community.

How do you bike?

People tend to identify with one of four broad attitudes when it comes to biking. What’s your current attitude toward biking?

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"I bike trails on the weekends."

Interested but concerned

You enjoy biking for fun, but usually don’t bike to get somewhere. About half of people biking are in this category. Comfort and safety are priorities for you, especially separation from cars.

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"I biked here."

Enthused and confident

You know the best routes, how to carry stuff and which roads to avoid. You bike to get places when it makes sense, and sometimes just because it’s fun. You like bike lanes and good trails, but you’re fine in light mixed traffic if it’s where you need to go. You’re in the company of about eight percent of people who bike in this style.

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"I bike faster than you drive."

Strong and fearless

You’re at ease on shoulders or operating in lanes with cars and trucks. You live to bike, whether for fitness, transportation or just because you can. There’s a good chance you’ve got a closet full of bike gear and will spend the money to shave a few ounces off your bike(s). Although the Strong and Fearless cover a lot of miles, they make up less than one percent of the population.

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"Biking's not my thing."

Not able or interested

Maybe you’re too busy to bike at this point in your life, or you’re physically unable to bike.

Even if you don’t bike, you can benefit from others biking. It means cleaner air and water, less noise and fewer cars on the road. If you ever do try biking, we’ll have the bikeways waiting for you.

Ride safe

Whether making a quick commute, taking a leisurely ride or heading out on a day trip, remember these tips to stay safe:

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Protect yourself

Wear a helmet, and make sure your bike has working brakes.

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Be predictable

Bike in the same direction as traffic and in a straight path. Use bike lanes and bike through the center of the painted bike symbol. Use hand signals, avoid weaving around parked cars.

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Stay alert

Use caution near large vehicles—never pass on the right, avoid blind spots, and don’t bike distracted.

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Obey the rules of the road

Stop at ALL red lights and stop signs, yield to pedestrians, and follow the same rules as pedestrians when riding in crosswalks.

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Keep right

Bike closely to the right edge of the road unless you’re in a bike lane or shoulder, or if you’re passing, turning or avoiding hazards. Only bike two abreast if you’re not impeding traffic flow.

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Light the night

Use a white headlight and red taillight when biking at night.

Ride smart

Hennepin County has a variety of facilities that help make getting around by bike easier. Know how to use them before you go.

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Bikeable shoulders

Motorized traffic is separated from bike traffic with a solid white line. Unlike bike lanes, shoulder dimensions may vary depending on the road and may disappear in constrained areas to make room for bypass or turn lanes.

Bike between the solid line and the right edge of the shoulder.

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Multi-use trails

Physically separated from motorized vehicle traffic and designed for people bicycling, walking and using other non-motorized transportation.

Follow marked speed limits, keep to the right, yield to pedestrians and obey yield and stop signs.

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Bike boulevards

Lower traffic, lower speed residential streets designed to prioritize bicycle travel.

Bike in the center of the right lane (along the painted bike symbols) where others can see you and where you stay clear of opening car doors.

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Protected bike lanes

Protected from motorized traffic by curbs, parked cars, planters, posts or other barriers.

Watch for pedestrians and for cars turning across the protected bike lane.

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Buffered bike lanes

Similar to conventional bike lanes but with designated buffer space next to the bike lane.

Stay in the middle of the bike lane and out of the buffer space to stay visible and away from parked cars.

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Bike lanes

Designated for biking, bike lanes typically run along the edge of a street and are marked with solid white lines and a bike symbol.

Bike in the center of the lane, through the middle of the bike symbol and watch for cars and trucks entering the bike lane to turn or park.

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Bike boxes

Marked spaces generally behind crosswalks allow people biking to position themselves ahead of motorized vehicles at an intersection for greater visibility when making left turns.

Pull forward into a bike box to stay visible or position yourself to turn.

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Dashed green paint

Dashed green paint indicate where bikes and cars frequently cross paths.

Both people biking and driving should be vigilant near dashed green paint and double check blind spots.

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Bike signals

Bike-specific traffic signals light up with a bike symbol.

Obey the bike signal just as you would when driving.