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New central Minnesota bike route in need of a name

The public is invited to help choose the name for a bicycle route connecting St. Cloud and Moorhead.

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The public is being asked to help choose a name for a new bicycle route connecting St. Cloud and Moorhead.
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ST. PAUL — A new 188-mile bike route connecting St. Cloud to Moorhead is in need of a name, and the public is being asked to help choose it.

U.S. Bicycle Route 20, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s newest bike route, connects Moorhead, west central and central Minnesota to St. Cloud and the Mississippi River Trail (U.S. Bicycle Route 45).

According to a MnDOT news release, the route through scenic Minnesota prairies goes past dozens of the state’s 10,000 lakes and invites travelers to visit a series of small and historic towns parallel to Interstate 94. It takes advantage of several state and regional trails, with more than two-thirds of the route on off-road trails.

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To choose its name, members of the public are invited to vote at research.net/r/USBikeRoute20name for one of the following options:

  • Glacial Lakes Bicycle Route;
  • Prairie Lakes Bicycle Route;
  • MiddleSota Bicycle Route;
  • Rivers to Prairies Bicycle Route;
  • Towns and Fields Bicycle Route.

These names, which highlight geographic features along the bike route, were suggested by participants attending a MnDOT event last year.
Voting closes July 12, with the winning name to be announced later this summer.

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Learn more about U.S. Bike Route 20 and other Minnesota bike routes at mndot.gov/bike/routes-maps.html .

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