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Cedar Lake Trail finally connects St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, Mississippi River

Twenty years after the Cedar Lake Park Association set the plan in motion, a two-lane bicycle freeway has finally opened to connect St. Louis Park with the Mississippi River.

The last mile was a $9 million pain in the neck, too. The Minnesota Twins plunked a new ballpark right in the way, the Federal Reserve called the route a truck bombers delight, and the Northstar commuter rail line proved to be a bit of a logistical challenge.

Work on the trail came to a premature end late last fall, thanks to incessant crappy weather. But there was a ribbon cutting yesterday led by our bike-crazy mayor.

Just cut ribbon on CedarLakeBikeTrail connection to river via TargetField.#num1bikecityTue Jun 14 22:32:15 via Twitter for iPad

Now you can now drain your espresso at The Depot in St. Louis Park, cross Excelsior Boulevard and pedal all the way into downtown Minneapolis without ever having to share the route with a car.

The dotted green line shows the section of trail that's now open -- the missing link.
The dotted green line shows the section of trail that's now open -- the missing link.

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