|Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge.|
I'm standing on the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, one of many Minneapolis bridges I cannot cross in a car. The bridge takes me between two parks: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Loring Park.
Sometimes I cross bridges where both cyclists and pedestrians are not welcome: bridges with defaced no-trespassing signs, low guard rails, no guard rails, live rail track, gaps between rotting and fire-damaged boards.
Further downriver, a former railroad bridge connects Boom and Nicollet Islands.
|Between Boom Island and Nicollet Island.|
|Abandoned spur trestle converging on BNSF bridge.|
|Bridge at Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant.|
|Stone Arch Bridge.|
|Big M Bridge, University of Minnesota.|
Then, it's back across the Mississippi on yet another repurposed railroad bridge.
|Northern Pacific Bridge Number 9|
It's easy to miss seeing the first two bridges on the Midtown Greenway.
|Midtown Greenway at 36th and 31st Avenues|
|Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.|
I enjoy a coffee and muffin in a bicycle shop in the trench on the bike path, hidden from car-world above.
|Freewheel Midtown Bike Center.|
I spread a cycle map on the table and spot more car-free bridges on the 92 miles of off-street bikeways of Minneapolis.
Note: I'll update the above map with more car-free bridges.