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Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis

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The Midtown Greenway is a 5.7mi rail trail in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is considered under segregated cycle facilities.Used both recreationally and for commuting, the partially below-grade Greenway runs east-west about one block north of Lake Street. It provides cyclists, inline skaters, runners and pedestrians a virtually traffic-free route across the city.HistoryThe Greenway lies in a former Milwaukee Road railroad corridor along 29th Street. This corridor had been abandoned west of Hiawatha Avenue but is still active east of Hiawatha as part of the Minnesota Commercial Railway. The rail line was originally built between 1879 and 1881; however, as traffic increased, the city of Minneapolis mandated a trench be built between Hiawatha and Irving avenues in 1910. The trench, bridges and retaining walls were evaluated in 1989 as part of the Reinforced-Concrete Highway Bridges in Minnesota MPS, and then listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Grade Separation. In 1993, the railroad property was purchased by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority.
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  • Free to use paved bike trail. Most bikers are nice and you feel safe on this trail because there are many bikers and walkers using this trail. No homeless people noticed on this trail.  more »
  • Converted train line, this used to be a desolate area with crime and graffiti. It's now well lit, safe and offers a very smooth ride. Look for little restaurants and bike shops along the route.  more »
  • The greenway is a great experience for any level of biker. You can connect to many other bike trails and go for 1 - 40 mile bike ride.  more »

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