New bike trail to stretch from here to Gulf of Mexico

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The Minneapolis City Council has voted unanimously to support the development of an interstate bike trail, called the Mississippi River Trail.

Plans call for the interstate bike trail to run through Minneapolis. The route would be a part of a much larger interstate bike trail stretching from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Minneapolis section of “U.S. Bike Route 45″ will follow existing on-street and off-street bikeways along both sides of the river. The project is being led and funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which has asked local governments to adopt resolutions in support of the effort. The council’s vote means the city has committed to maintaining signs along the Minneapolis section of the route.