Minnesota's newest bicycle route
MnDOT learned while developing its Statewide Bicycle System Plan (PDF) that the public prioritized creating a few key bicycle routes across Minnesota. One of those priority routes was to connect the Twin Cities to Duluth and Lake Superior. In 2016, MnDOT sought public input to plan the route. The route is now designated as U.S. Bicycle Route 41, the North Star Route, which connects Minnesota’s State Capitol to Canada.
During open houses and online opportunities, more than 3,600 people helped identify and rank route-selection criteria, comment on a draft and then final alignment, name the route and suggest locations where the route could connect to a future Wisconsin bicycle route.
The 315-mile route is approximately 47 percent on state, regional and local trails. It begins at the Mississippi River in St. Paul, at the junction of USBR 45, the Mississippi River Trail. It winds northward and then to the northeast, passing through nine state parks and two national parks, through the port of Duluth, along Lake Superior, and ends at Grand Portage State Park.
USBR 41 connects the Mississippi River, the world’s fourth largest river, to Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake.
Ribbon-cutting bicycle ride May 20-25, 2017
MnDOT is planning a ribbon-cutting event in St. Paul that will be followed by a six-day bicycle tour that ends at Grand Portage State Park. The ride is open to the first 32 people to register. Details and registration.