The group will offer a variety of trips exploring the many scenic bicycling trails in the Twin Cities area. We will take short trips (1-5 miles), medium trips (5-10 miles) and longer (15-30 miles).
In addition, we will offer help with bicycling safety and maintenance.
If you have any questions, you can contact Michael Kuhne
Upcoming Group Events
Circumnavigate Lake Pepin – 75 miles. There are numerous places to stop and rest, but we will plan to stop in Wabasha for lunch.
NEW start location: Colvill Park, 507 Nymphara Ln, Red Wing, MN 55066
NEW start time: 8:15 AM (on the road by 8:30 AM) Estimated return to Colville Park: 5:00 PM
Average speed: 12 mph. This route is primarily on wide-shouldered roads, with an occasional country road (and maybe a bit of gravel) thrown in for good measure. The Minnesota side of Lake Pepin is more heavily travelled, while the Wisconsin side is both less travelled and more lightly populated. The route is also quite hilly (especially the Wisconsin side).
Start Location: Stone Arch Parking Lot (100 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, 55401). Although this is a parking lot, it is a pay lot and fills quickly. Plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to find parking and get to the start. Both the shorter and longer rides end here.
Route: Cycling along the Mississippi River, this split ride (a short 4.5 mile ride and a longer 12 mile ride) crosses five bridges (the iconic Stone Arch Bridge twice) with splendid views of eleven bridges.
The short route heads north on the bike trail along West River Parkway to Broadway, crosses the bridge, and returns through Boom Island Park and Nicollet Island (where we will cross the Merriam Street Bridge, built in 1887) and St. Anthony Main before crossing the river on the Stone Arch Bridge. This ride is almost entirely on bicycle paths (except for a lightly traveled road on Nicollet Island)is relatively flat.
The longer route continues south along the river, crossing the No.9 Bridge, the Washington Avenue Bridge, and the Franklin Avenue Bridge (the first two bridges are bike/pedestrians only; the Franklin Avenue Bridge has excellent bicycle lanes) before returning along a lovely bicycle trail along the eastern shore of the river and one final crossing of the Stone Arch Bridge. This portion of the route is almost entirely on bicycle paths. There are a couple of relatively steep climbs.
Start/Finish Time: We will start at 9:30 AM. The short ride will take less than an hour. The longer ride will take about 90 minutes.
Average Speed: 6-10 MPH. This ride is designed to be family friendly with a leisurely pace.
Sunday of MEA Weekend
Ride: Cannon River Trail Ride. This ride is suitable for families, riders who prefer shorter and slower rides, and riders who like longer, faster rides. In other words, if you cycle, you’ll find something to enjoy.
Start Location: Cannon Valley Trail Welch Station (26674 144th Ave Way, Welch, MN 55089). (The distance from Mount Zion to the station is 45 miles.) Anyone 18 years of age or older is required to purchase a $5.00 wheel pass. Passes can be purchased here: https://enj.db2.myftpupload.com/product-category/wheel-pass/. You can also purchase wheel passes at the Welch Station.
Route: The Welch Station is in the middle of the Cannon River Trail. 10.3 miles to the west is the Cannon Falls Trailhead; 10.4 miles to the east is the Red Wing Old Main Street Trailhead. A “short” ride can be any distance you select; if one were to do the entire length of the trail, it would be approximately 41 miles. There are also beautiful, lightly travelled, paved roads in this area. To be clear: there is no fixed route – riders can choose.
Start/Finish Time: 10:00 AM When you finish depends on how far and how fast you ride😊 There is a fine ice cream shop and restaurant in Welch.
Past Group Events
- We will ride somewhere close to 25 miles.
- Last time we averaged 12 MPH, and I suspect that will be the pace this weekend, too. This is a pleasure ride, not a workout:)
- If we get spread out, the lead group will stop to allow the group to catch up. This will always be true at points in the ride that require turns.
- The weather looks to be in the high 50s with a light wind from the south.
- The routewill be west on Summit to the East River Road, south on the East River Road to the Ford Bridge, west on the Ford Bridge to Minnehaha Parkway. Then we’ll cycle around Harriet and Bde Maka Ska and join with the Midtown Greenway to the West River Road, a short jaunt north to the Franklin Avenue Bridge, and then back to Mount Zion (I am trying to build in a reasonable way to get onto the new Ayd Mill bike path — we’ll see). I’ll bring a couple of maps with directions to distribute to a few folks.
- Before we leave, we’ll begin with just a few rules for the road. Clearly, since I led all of us to roll through a stop sign last time, only to be passed by a Ramsey County Sheriff patrol vehicle, I need to be a bit more mindful — we’ll discuss.
- Bring a mask for when we are gathered in the parking lot. Once we start riding, masking will be an individual’s decision.
- It’s also probably wise to bring some cash or credit card, just in case.
- No need to RSVP. Just know that we’ll leave the lot no later than 9:35 AM.
- If the weather forecast worsens, I’ll use this same email group to let people know of any change in plans no later than 7:00 PM on Saturday.
Thursday, August 22nd. – Pine Point Park to Stillwater (and return) – 20 miles roundtrip
using Gateway State Trail and Brown’s Creek Trail:
– 10:00 AM Meet at Pine Point Park – 11900 Norell Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55082
– 11:30 AM Stop for lunch in scenic downtown Stillwater
– 1:00 PM Arrive at Pine Point Park
I hope you can join us. Please let us know if you will be able to ride.
Susan Benfield and Shel Finvers
Sunday, September 8 – Saint Paul Classic Bike Ride – 15, 32 or 47 miles – your choice!
the information available at http://www.bikeclassic.org
Looking forward to riding with you
Sunday, 15 September
12:30 – 2:00
Start at Mount Zion parking lot
Ride the short St. Paul Bicycle Classic route:
15 miles – west on Summit, south on East River Road, thru downtown St. Paul, then back along Summit to the synagogue.
10-12 mph average speed
Lead: Michael Kuhne
All Temple members are invited to the next Biking Small Group/Brotherhood bike ride on Sunday, October 20 (MEA weekend). Meet at the St. Paul JCC parking lot (1375 St. Paul Ave., East Parking Lot) at 9:45 AM.
This 25 mile loop ride will take us to post 1950 Jewish sites of St. Paul, including 3 synagogues, 2 Jewish schools, the Mikva, the UJF offices and the Jewish Theater . We’ll also ride by Fort Snelling, Camp Coldwater (first European settlement in Minnesota) and Minnehaha Falls. There will be a break for lunch at Cecil’s on the route. The ride will be on city streets and bike paths through St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Minneapolis.
Don’t miss this great ride! RSVP to Andy Rapoport (email@example.com or cell (612-308-2586).
Sunday, 25 April
9:30 AM in Kowalski’s/Mount Zion’s parking lot (depart at 9:35 AM)
Finish no later than 12:30 PM
Please forward to any interested folks.
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