25 Great Family Bike Rides of the Twin Cities

25 Great Family Bike Rides of the Twin Cities

by Jonathan Poppele


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25 Great Family Bike Rides of the Twin Cities by Jonathan Poppele

As one of the nation's best places to bike, the Twin Cities offers hundreds of miles of bicycle trails. Jonathan Poppele, who has led countless riders on these trails, presents his recommendations for great rides. Take a few favorites, such as the Gateway Trail or the Cedar Lake Regional Trail. And try Jon's unique routes that piece together rail-trails, parks and local trails. The routes are safe and family-friendly, mostly on off-street bike paths. You'll see the sites, experience the culture, and enjoy the wonderful Twin Cities bike scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591932987
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 1,204,301
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Poppele is a naturalist, author and educator with wide-ranging interests. He earned a Masters degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota studying citizen science, environmental education, and how to cultivate a personal relationship with the natural world. He has taught college level environmental studies, biology, and writing courses, and he currently teaches in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota. An avid outdoorsman and student of natural history, Jon is a member of the Astronomical League, the Minnesota Astronomical Society, the Minnesota Trackers Club and the International Society for Professional Trackers. A Black Belt in the peaceful martial art of Ki-Aikido, Jon is the Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Oneness in Saint Paul, MN. He can be reached through his school website at www.mindbodyoneness.com.

Table of Contents


A Biking Destination 4

Cycling Is for Everyone 4

A Note about Safety 5

What Else to Bring with You 8

How to Use this Book 9

Jon's Top Picks 10

Bike Route Ratings 12

Overview Map 13


Central Metro

Circling the Fort 14

Gorge-ous Mississippi 20

Midtown Lollipop 26

Samuel Morgan Trail 32

Trails to Light Rails 38

Northern Metro

Coon Rapids Dam 44

Rice Creek West 50

Rush Creek Lollipop 56

Slow & Steady 62

Take the Blaine 68

Trails to Rails 74

Eastern Metro

Gateway Trail 80

Groovin' the Grove 86

Lake Elmo Dumbbell 92

Phalen Inside & Out 98

Woodbury Wander 104

Southern Metro

Around the Zoo 110

Bet the Farm 116

Highline Highlights 122

Concord by the Mississippi 128

Scaling the Heights 134

Western Metro

Cedar Lake Express 140

Elm Creek Park 146

Good Medicine 152

Purgatory in Eden 158

About the Author 164

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