Rochester named bike friendly city

Rochester has sped away with a “Bicycle Friendly Community” award from the American League of Bicyclists.  The city is one of only 21 communities nationwide to be honored by the organization and among just five west of the Mississippi River.

“Rochester’s amazing bike trail system and bicycle friendly employers have helped us stand out from the pack,” said Brad Jones, executive director of Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Visitors and conventioneers look for opportunities to get outdoors while traveling and Rochester can provide nationally recognized biking amenities.”

With 85 miles of pristine trails, all completely finished with bituminous concrete, Rochester’s amenities rival the nation’s world-class biking cities.  A recent river corridor reconstruction project provided 23 miles of paved paths with decorative railings that wind through downtown linking parks and businesses to all areas of the city. 

In 2006, Rochester received an honorable mention from the American League of Bicyclists.  The feedback from the selection committee was used to help guide upgrades to the trail system.  The roadmap now includes 25 new miles of trails since 2006 and easier access for patients of the Mayo Clinic.

The Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official marketing agency for the city of Rochester, responsible for destination sales and marketing efforts.  The Convention & Visitors Bureau offers comprehensive information about lodging, dining, special events, activities and local attractions.  For more information about Rochester, please contact Robin Mindt at 414-224-9424 or or visit


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