Minnesota, Minneapolis, the Midtown Greenway
The Midtown Greenway is a 5.5-mile long former railroad trail running through the heart of south Minneapolis, heading due west from the Mississippi River to the neighborhood of West Calhoun in the scenic Chain of Lakes area. It is owned by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and maintained by the City of Minneapolis. The paved pathway is only one block north of the improving Lake Street corridor and runs parallel to the road for most of its route, providing cyclists and pedestrians with a safe alternative to travel and avoid the streets. This even makes cross-town trips faster than going by car.
Much of the trail is below grade because of a 1912 mandate by the Minneapolis City Council for the Milwaukee Road to dig a trench for its rail line. Presently, the decision ensures that trail users have minimal contact with vehicular traffic. East of MN 55 / Hiawatha Avenue, the Minnesota Commercial Railway operates trains on the corridor to this day.
The trail has multiple access points throughout downtown. If you want to access the trail from the eastern endpoint, there is a parking at Brackett Field Park.
To the west, the Greenway connects with paths around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and the Southwest LRT Trail extending to the western suburbs.
To the west, the Midtown Greenway connects with paths around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and also to the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail, which links Minneapolis to the western suburbs. Traveling north on the Kenilworth Trail, which is located at the Midtown Greenway’s western end, leads trail users to the longer North Cedar Lake Regional Trail. East of Hiawatha Avenue, a short segment of the trail is above ground; to the west through much of south Minneapolis, it runs below street level.
In the east, the Greenway connects with paths along the Mississippi River. Just a few blocks east of the intersection with the West River Parkway, a ramp at Brackett Field Park allows users either access or exit the trail. Amble parking is available on nearby streets.
The Midtown Greenway serves a very ethnically and economically diverse community. A long section of the trail runs along to nearby Lake Street, providing a good part for retailers, eatery and other interests.
Fortunately, the trail open 24/7 to give enthusiastic cyclists a great chance to pedal around.
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