The many uses of the Midtown Greenway is great for anyone passing through Minneapolis without a car. It is a pedestrian path running 5.7 miles from one side of Minneapolis to the other (east to west). It has multiple lanes separating the walkers/runners from cyclist/rollers for many uses of the Midtown Greenway.
From Leisure to Commuting there are Many Uses of the Midtown Greenway
This route is automobile free other than a few cross streets that run in between it. Look out for stop signs alerting you of any upcoming car traffic.
This rail trail also connects to the Kenilworth trail (which turns into the Cedar Lake Trail) allowing you to take a trail through the western suburbs.
Many people use this trail for recreation. Some lucky workers are able to use it to commute to and from work on the daily.
Parts of it runs below the busy streets. That means to access the Greenway is some areas you have to take stairs. Typically there is a roll system on the side of the stairs to assist you in guiding your bike up and down (do not assume you have to carry your bike).
Our favorite way to utilize this path is loading up our pups in our Burley bike trailer, and heading west to visit family in Eden Prairie. It’s a long haul, but the scenery is worth the effort.