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RiverLake Greenway Grand Opening Today

They celebrate with a family bike ride, youth bicycle decorations and concessions.

Running from Lake Harriet to the Mississippi River, RiverLake Greenway provides five miles of safe, accessible bicycle boulevards.

Conceived 14 years ago, the greenway celebrates its grand opening Saturday, June 11. The above video (made by this blog) shows the entire route.

According to Bike Walk Twin Cities:

The RiverLake Greenway runs east-to-west in south Minneapolis, along 40th and 42nd Streets:

  • Along 42nd Street East, between West River Parkway and Nokomis Avenue
  • On Nokomis Avenue, from 42nd Street East to 40th Street East
  • Along 40th Street East, between Nokomis Avenue to Kings Highway and Lake Harriet Parkway

 Several activities are planned for the grand opening of the RiverLake Greenway:

  • Grand Opening Program - 1 p.m., Minnehaha Academy South Campus (4200 W. River Pkwy.), featuring the Sabanthanites Drum Corps, and an east-to-west bicycle ride for families.
  • RiverLake Bike Walk Destinations - 1-5 p.m., destinations along the RiverLake Greenway hosting check-ins, where registrants may sign up to win Greenway grand opening prizes.
  • Youth bicycle decorating, family bicycle parades, youth bike rodeos - 2-3 p.m. at Hiawatha School Park (4305 E. 42nd St.); 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church (3901 Chicago Ave. S.); and 3 to 4 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park (4055 Nicollet Ave. S.)
  • Sibley Park Celebration - (1900 E. 40th St.) 2-4 p.m., event concessions, rest area, and booths representing bicycle shops and bicycle/walking-related organizations
  • Event Prize Drawing - (3900 Bryant Ave. S.) 4 p.m., a drawing and prize giveaway
katie johnson June 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM
i bike this route daily. i often see broken glass as you near 3rd ave by the 35W overpass. in this video it looks like the biker blows through stop signs and red lights.
Peter D. June 11, 2011 at 04:27 PM
It's worth mentioning that the law requires bicycles to open traffic laws, and that includes STOPPING at STOP SIGNS, and WAITING FOR RED LIGHTS TO TURN GREEN. Very irresponsible video.
Lowell Huesers June 17, 2011 at 08:25 PM
In case you didn't notice the video is SPED UP. I'm sure the rider STOPPED at every STOP SIGN and KISSED THE GROUND before proceeding.

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