Hello Séamus, I really love your bike reviews! But, I'm wondering: Are the trails on the East Side really all that safe?
Hi Matt! I am assuming you mean the East Side of Saint Paul. I think it's safe to say that crime there is less common along trails than it is along roads; I have biked the trails there many times and never witnessed any crime. If you want to know what crime's been happening lately, I find this map very useful: http://stpaulcrime.twincities.com/.
@Matt, along with the site mentioned above, stpaulcrimemap.com displays crime data on Saint Pauls East Side using a map interface so you can visually see reported criminal activity at any given point on the map. I find it helpful when researching a particular block (or trail) for saftey
Really like your website and the detailed information for biking trails. Can you post similar trail information for Carver County as well please?
Thanks LRN! The Dakota Rail Trail, a large section of which is in Carver, is already reviewed on the Hennepin County page (http://metrobiketrails.weebly.com/hennepin-county.html#dakota). I plan to bike it again this fall to add in the recent extension of the trail to near Lester Prairie. This is the only major trail I know of in Carver County. Please let me know if there are some other trails that deserve a look, although Carver County is a long way from where I live in Ramsey County.
Also, can you explain your rating system, what factors are considered in the rating - e.g. grade difficulty, scenic ride, paved or unpaved etc? Thank you
Thanks for bringing this up! I should say it on the website somewhere.
I generally rate trails based on how enjoyable they are, and for me this is mainly:
1) How scenic the trail is. I enjoy places where you can "get away from civilization," with forests, lakes, rivers, creeks, and the like. I don't like trails as much if they become excessively crowded.
2) How well maintained it is. A well-kept surface, be it paved or unpaved, and signage can score a trail a good rating.
I enjoy hilly trails, and will mention hills in my reviews, but difficulty doesn't generally factor into the rating.
On your Theodore Wirth Bike Trails websitie, it seems that no historical information about how "Luce Trail" came to be named "Luce Trail' is posted. "My Bad" for not looking harder? Is there another resource I should explore? (((LoveadoreTheoWirth)))) and your Biking Trails site~~!!
Many Thanks in advance~!
Hi George! Good question! The Luce Line State Trail (http://metrobiketrails.weebly.com/hennepin-county.html#luce), which runs from Plymouth to Cosmos, is named such because it follows what was once the Luce Line Railroad, which was named after W. L. Luce and his son, E. D. Luce, of the Electric Short Line Railroad Company. The paved extension to Minneapolis (http://metrobiketrails.weebly.com/hennepin-county.html#luceliner) follows the historic line out in Plymouth, but not in Theo Wirth Park. More information on the railroad history of the Luce Line can be found here: http://www.luceline.com/pages/hist2.html#rail.