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Cannon Valley Moonlight Bike Ride

Posted by Doug Shidell, November 26th , 2019.
Picnic area at Miesville Ravine. Taken in the light of a bicycle headlight
Turf trail along the Mississippi River

The following story was published in the Star Tribune on November 21, 2019. It’s about an annual bike ride that takes place during the first full moon after the leaves fall.

The mobile map, Cannon Valley Bike Rides, shows all of the roads used at different times during the annual ride. The routes include the Cannon Valley Trail, gravel roads and paved roads. These routes can be mixed and matched to create endless options. All of the routes can also be ridden during daylight hours to take in the scenic beauty of the area.

Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls
Dome house visible from the Cannon Valley Trail
Gravel Roads in the Cannon Valley area

Cannon Valley is about 40 miles south of the Twin Cities Metro.

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Fundraising party for the Cycling Museum of Minnesota

Posted by Doug Shidell, November 2nd , 2019.

Hi Viz, the fundraising party for the Cycling Museum of Minnesota is Thursday, November 14. Music, some cool old bikes, Hi Viz Costumes, prizes, silent auction and just plain fun with other cyclists. For more information, check out the Cycling Museum’s website

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Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin Bike Map

Posted by Doug Shidell, August 26th , 2019.

The mobile Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin Bike Map has been updated with new trails and bike routes. Explore this old city with its modern Riverwalk, Lake Michigan shoreline and multi-branched Oak Leaf Trail, then head out to the country to explore State Bike Trails, the Kettle Moraine and challenging Holy Hills.

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Updated Forest Lake Map

Posted by Doug Shidell, August 21st , 2019.
Road near Scandia, MN

The Forest Lake 100 Bike Ride was the first map I created for the Avenza map store. It’s been popular, but 100 miles is a long ride. I’ve updated the map with multiple options to try out shorter routes, primarily in the area between Scandia and Forest Lake.

Blue Routes offer shorter alternates

Check it out. There are some beautiful roads in the area with low traffic, lake shore views, flat to rolling hills. Looking ahead, this will make for an amazing fall color bike ride. The map is free.

Stop in Forest Lake for refreshments or a swim
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Update Twin Cities Bike Map

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 26th , 2019.

If you have the Twin Cities Bike Map on your phone, check your Avenza list of maps. You will notice an “Update Available” button on the Twin Cities Bike Map 2019. This is a new feature from Avenza. I updated the map yesterday and now everyone who has it will see that an updated version is available.

Update available

You will have two options: Update to a new version or add a new map. If you update to a new version, Avenza will automatically move all of your placemarks, routes, photos, etc to the new version. This is a significant improvement to the Avenza App because it allows you to keep everything you’ve saved on your map.

New Version

The middle screenshot shows ‘What’s new,” but you have to scroll down through the description to get to it.

What’s new

Updates are free through 2019, so take advantage of them when offered.

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Trail Closings 2019

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 26th , 2019.

The biggest news in 2019 trail closings is the closing of the Cedar Lake and Kenilworth Trails. These two popular corridors will be closed for up to three years due to construction of the Southwest LRT Trail. Closings and detours have been mapped on the Mobile Twin Cities Bike Map 2019.

Other Trail Closings: Minnehaha Bike trail at 28th Ave is closed until November, 2019. The bridge will be replaced and the bike trail will be rerouted so bicyclists can cross under 28th Avenue instead of at grade on this sometimes busy road. See the Twin Cities Bike Map for alternate routes.

The Glenwood Avenue Bridge near Downtown has been closed. This is part of the LRT construction project. The bridge could be closed for up to two years. Follow the pedestrian detour or the bike detour to get around the bridge.

Portions of the Gateway Trail and the Dinkytown Trail are closed. Follow the detour signs.

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Bikes and Kayaks

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 15th , 2019.

Can bikes be used as part of a canoe/kayak shuttle? Dave Olson has been doing it for years. Vicky and I tried it on July 4. We paddled the Crow River from the Lake Rebecca canoe launch to a take out in St. Michael. From there I pedaled back to pick up the car using a marked bike route from the Twin Cities Bike Map. It worked well and offered two advantages over the traditional two vehicle shuttle. We needed only one car and I got to kayak and bike in the same day.

kayaking the Crow River
Bike Route along the Crow River
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Bikepacking in the Driftless Area

Posted by Doug Shidell, June 10th , 2019.

This story showed up in the online version of the Star Tribune on June 6, 2019.. It will appear in the print version on Friday, June 7, 2019.

A spring bikepacking trip through the Driftless Area punishes — and exhilarates/

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New Bike Lanes in Richfield

Posted by Doug Shidell, April 29th , 2019.
Bike Path on 66th St in Richfield

66th St in Richfield has one way separated bike lanes on each side of the road. This is the way bike lanes should be built. Thank you Richfield.

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Flood Waters at Fort Snelling State Park

Posted by Doug Shidell, April 29th , 2019.

The flood waters have receded significantly in the last couple of weeks, but the road into Fort Snelling is still closed. That required some extra research. Easy enough to do since road barriers are designed to keep cars out, not bikes. Here’s what I found. The flooding did a number on the park road.

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