Bikeverywhere News

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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Bikeverywhere Featured Publisher

Posted by Doug Shidell, April 11th , 2019.
Bikeverywhere is proud to announce that it was recently recognized as a Featured Publisher at Avenza Maps.
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Bikepacking the Driftless Area

Posted by Doug Shidell, March 27th , 2019.

The Driftless Area is a unique geologic feature of the upper Mississippi River. Four major glaciers passed through the upper Midwest in geologic time; flattening hills, filling in valleys and leveling the landscape, but none of them touched the Driftless Area of what is now SW Wisconsin, SE Minnesota and NE Iowa. The result is a highly dissected land of ridges, valleys, trout streams and rivers. The landscape is dotted with small family farms, wooded hillsides and rural communities.

This bike tour takes it all in with a mix of paved and gravel roads, long ascents to ridges followed by equally long descents into valleys. It crosses the Mississippi River twice and passes Amish farms, bakeries and buggies. Average daily distance is 50 miles, but with numerous campgrounds, hotels and B&Bs along the way, the options for changing up the daily ride are endless. You will be challenged physically by the hills and rewarded endlessly by the scenery and small town friendliness.

Driftless Area Bikepacking

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REI to Host Adventure Cycling Association

Posted by Doug Shidell, February 24th , 2019.

Adventure Cycling Association, the national organization for bicycle touring, will do a presentation at REI Bloomington Wednesday evening, February 20. It’s a great organization and has inspired me to continue bike touring for years.

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