The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is a great space divided by the city's main river: the Mississippi. The campus has buildings on both river banks; the East Bank; which, as its name indicates, is located on the East side of the river, the West Bank; which is where the Carlson School of Management and the performing arts center is located, and the St. Paul campus; which is home to the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Design, the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, and the veterinary program.
As exciting as it is to be part of such a large University, as a new international student, it can get a bit overwhelming and confusing at first to navigate the Twin Cities campuses. Since it is not uncommon to have classes on both sides of the river and in St. Paul, it is important to know your transportation options.
But, fear not! Ambassador Ryan Chan and I went on a ride around the St Paul and Minneapolis campuses just to show you our favorite spots around and how to get there using the amazing Campus Connector system, which is the main way of transportation at the U. Did we mention it's free and available all year round? Check this video out!
What other options are there besides the Campus Connector?
According to their website, Minneapolis was been ranked as one of the best biking city in the country by Bike Score, the #2 biking city by Bicycling Magazine, and the #4 bicycling city in the nation by the US Census Bureau. I personally enjoy biking all across the Twin Cities during the warm summer and spring days using the biking trail system.
The City of Minneapolis' website offers a comprehensive map to navigate the biking trail system here.
Be it the Greenway system or using the many dedicated bike lanes across the cities, it is easy to go form Uptown to downtown Minneapolis on a bike, saving money, helping reduce air pollution and getting in shape!
According to their website, over the past two years, Minneapolis has doubled the miles of on-street bikeways. Check out the Understanding New Bicycling Markings page for more information.
Want to know a bit more about biking around the cities? Wait for my next post in which I will show you how fun and convenient it is!