This past summer we partnered up with Slow Roll – Mpls., co-hosting community bike rides through North Minneapolis. Bikers had the opportunity to experience our park system from a fun and unique prospective. Riders of all ages came from surrounding communities and even St. Paul, bringing their own stories to the ride. From the bike rides, residents were introduced to our RiverFirst Initiative along the Mississippi River.
This month we asked three Slow Rollers about their favorite bike trail in the parks. With the changing foliage in full display, here are three park trails for you and your friends to “slow roll” on for a fun afternoon ride!
Victory Memorial Drive to Webber Park
“Ride on Victory Memorial Drive, going towards Webber Park. The path is lined with trees along the red parkway road, then when it hits the park everything opens up. The bike path meanders and takes you to the Mississippi River.” –Tammy
Part of the Ground Rounds Scenic Byway, Victory Memorial Drive is a four-mile parkway, running along the northern boundary of the Camden neighborhood.
Stone Arch Bridge
“Be a tourist in your own city. See the Segway tours, wedding photo shoots, and nice view of downtown. It’s lovely a bike trail to see a piece of our culture in action. Take it slow and make the loop to Boom Island Park and back.” – Jackie
The Stone Arch Bridge sits in the heart of Minneapolis. The 134-year-old bridge was converted into a biking / walking path in 1994 by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
“I bike here often and like the hidden creek. When I bike here I don’t see many other people around. Bethune has opportunity because there is so much space to play in. I would just like to see a bigger community here.” -Tati
Named after Civil Rights Activist Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune Park is adjacent to Bethune Community School. Bethune Park shares a creek with Sumner Field Park, located two blocks away.