28 Sep '11, 8pm

Road hogs: Minneapolis cyclists don’t need to share—they’ve got their own damn streets!

Road hogs: Minneapolis cyclists don’t need to share—they’ve got their own damn streets!

The Minneapolis Greenway. Photo: Micah Taylor Elly Blue is on a monthlong Dinner & Bikes tour around the western U.S., along with Portland bike filmmaker Joe Biel and traveling vegan chef Joshua Ploeg . This is one of her thrice-weekly dispatches from the road about bicycle culture and economy. Read them all here . Minneapolis, Minn.: "Portland is just an avenue in Minneapolis" -- or so says the sticker on the rear rack of the bike I brought with me on our Dinner & Bikes tour. The words are attributed to R.T. Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis, upon learning in 2010 that his city had stolen the crown of most bike friendly city in America from my hometown, Portland. There is, in fact, a Portland Ave. in Minneapolis -- and it even has a bike lane, albeit an awkward one. (Among other things, it's on the left side of the street.) But I never understood the City of Lake's appeal to cy...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-09-28-road-hogs-minneapo...

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