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10 bike-friendly cities around the globe

March 21, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
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Minneapolis, Minn.

Minneapolis is not necessarily the first place that people think of when it comes to biking. Cold, snowy winters are less than ideal for pedal-themed vacations. Nonetheless, Minneapolis was recently ranked the best city in the U.S. for bicycling by Bicycle Magazine.

Numerous streets boast bike lanes, and there is a city-wide network of paths and trails that makes it possible to travel without having to ever ride on the street. Main paths are even plowed in the wintertime, sometimes even before side streets are cleared after a snowstorm.

Snow and wind chills are only part of the cycling equation from late November through mid-to-late March. For the rest of the year, biking is an easier undertaking, with many people seduced by the trails that circle the urban lakes and riversides of Minneapolis and connect the city's most interesting neighborhoods.