Post, photos, and image by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
In a post earlier this week, I lamented about several bike amenities missing from north Minneapolis, and from Penn Avenue in particular. One of those items was a connection between Penn Avenue and the Cedar Lake/Kenilworth bike trails. A commenter posted that I was wrong about the lack of such a connection, and that one does exist. Since there is no bike lanes striped on Penn, I hadn't taken that street to its end while traveling on two wheels. I've looked for a path that would have been direct line from where Penn and Wayzata meet down to the trails.
Instead, that connection is tucked off to the side of the freeway entrance ramp, which leads to a spiral bike ramp going down to the other bike trails. There are also paths that can take you through the Bryn Mawr Meadows Park and then up to the Bassett's Creek Trail, although I didn't feel like braving the rain to explore those. Another day, certainly.
I have a friend who spent a year going pretty much everywhere by bike, and when I told her about my mistake and newfound bike trail, she said the same thing I had thought. Namely, that she looked on the bike maps for the connection, didn't see it on the southern curve of Penn/Wayzata, and always assumed it wasn't there. So at least I don't feel so bad about missing it myself. The good news is that north Minneapolis has a route to south's chain of lakes that is actually more direct by bicycle than by car. (Penn down to this connection point, then the Kenilworth Trail to Lake of the Isles and Calhoun)
We still need those bike lanes striped on Penn in 2012-13 though. Without them, our bike maps won't lead riders to this great asset in the first place.