Shakopee is home to more than 80 miles of trails, including the Minnesota Valley State Trail, which connects to both the Louisville Swamp and Minnesota River Bottoms off-road cycling areas.
Minnesota River Bluffs (Three Rivers Park District)
Cleary Lake, Prior Lake (Three Rivers Park District)
Hyland Lake, Bloomington (Three Rivers Park District)
Spring Lake Regional Park, Scott County (Three Rivers Park District)
League of American Bicyclists: www.bikeleague.org
Free Bikes for Kidz: www.fb4k.org
Adventure Cycling: www.adventurecycling.org
Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota: www.parksandtrails.org
Adventure Cycling Association: www.adventurecycling.org
Have Fun Biking: havefunbiking.com
Resources / Publications
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT): www.dot.state.mn.us/bike
Bicycle Friendly Business: bikeleague.org/business
MN Complete Streets Coalition: www.mncompletestreets.org
MnDOT Complete Streets: www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/completestreets
Minnesota Trails Magazine: mntrails.com
Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program: www.health.state.mn.us/ship
Cycling Related Apps
Before you pedal, brush up on these safety tips for bicyclists – and motorists – from the Shakopee Police Department and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Follow the law. Obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Be predictable. Maintain a straight course and avoid weaving between parked cars.
- Communicate your intent. Look, yield to traffic and signal before turning or changing lanes.
- Use extreme caution near commercial vehicles. Pass only on the left and recognize drivers’ blind spots.
- See and be seen. Wear bright colors, reflective gear and use head and tail lights.
- Protect yourself. Wear a helmet.
- Always yield to pedestrians. Call out or ring a bell when passing a pedestrian on sidewalks and trails.
- Avoid distracted bicycling. Put away mobile devices and headphones.
- Be patient when passing a bicyclist. Slow down and pass only when it’s safe. Allow clearance of at least 3 feet.
- Look before you merge. Check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
- Be on the lookout. Watch for and yield to bicyclists before making a turn.
- Use extra caution around young bicyclists. Children’s movements can be unpredictable.
- Be respectful. Don’t speed past a bicyclist to make an upcoming right turn. It’s easy to misjudge how fast bicyclists are traveling.
- Exit your vehicle safely. Look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
- Think before you honk. Honking may startle a bicyclist and cause a crash.
- Stay alert and avoid distracted driving. Put away mobile devices, food and makeup.