Getting to Uptown: By Bike

Biking to Uptown can be a healthy, fun, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly way to get to Uptown!

Don’t have a bike? Check out Nice Ride MN, which is a bike rental service that serves many popular areas of Minneapolis, like Uptown, Downtown, and the University of Minnesota using your credit card at an outdoor kiosk. Service is expanding and kiosks will soon be found all over the City. Numerous bike stores in the Uptown area also rent bikes.

A great resource on biking in Minneapolis, including maps showing bike lanes and off-street trails can be located at the City of Minneapolis’ biking page.


From Loring Park, go south on the east side of Lyndale Avenue on the bike path to just under the highway ramps overhead. Hang a left at the bike path that goes up a ramp to a bike bridge. Follow the bridge on to the street and follow it to the right. The street turns into Bryant Avenue.

To The Wedge

Hang a left on any street along between Franklin Avenue and 28th Street to Lyndale to reach the commercial district of The Wedge.

To Lyn-Lake District

Take Bryant Avenue to 29th Street and hang a left to Lyndale Avenue.

To South Hennepin

Take a right off of Bryant Avenue to any street between Franklin Avenue and 28th Street and continue to Hennepin Avenue.

To Hennepin-Lake

Follow Bryant Avenue past Lake Street to 31st Street. Take a right on 31st and take that to Girard Avenue. Pull up on to the walkway adjacent Famous Dave’s and the Calhoun Square Parking Ramp to numerous bike parking stalls. Otherwise find a stall on Hennepin Avenue or Lake Street.

Alternative: Follow Bryant Avenue to the Midtown Greenway (located between 28th Street and 29th Street) and take a right down the ramp. Continue to Humboldt Avenue (first grade crossing) and take a left. Continue to the Mall and take a left up the hill and park your bike at the Walker Library, or instead, don’t turn and continue to Lake Street.

To the West Calhoun District

Take Bryant Avenue to the Midtown Greenway (located between 28th Street and 29th Street), taking a right down the ramp and going west. Go past the three grade crossings and continue over two bridges to the Calhoun Village shopping center entrance on the left.

Alternative: From the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Royalston Avenue (two blocks SW of the Twins Stadium), go down the bike trail head of the Cedar Lake Trail and continue on the trail southwest past the I-394 highway underpass. At the trail intersection, continue left on the Kenilworth Trail past 21st Street (first grade crossing), and Cedar Lake Parkway (second grade crossing). At the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and the Kenilworth Trail, take a left and then an immediate right into Calhoun Village shopping center.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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