The Minnesota Department of Parks and Recreation has announced the installation of 31 new bicycle tune-up stations in state parks and on state trails.  The stations were purchased as part of the Pedal Minnesota initiative, which strives to make Minnesota the “Bike Friendly State.”

The stations, which are equipped with basic bike maintenance tools, including air pumps,  are now available along the following state trails, state parks and recreation areas:

  • Root River/Harmony-Preston Valley state trails – eight stations.
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail – five stations.
  • Heartland State Trail – three stations.
  • Gateway/Brown’s Creek state trails – three stations.
  • Luce Line State Trail – one station.
  • Willard Munger State Trail – three stations.
  • Douglas State Trail – one station.
  • Cuyuna Lakes State Trail/Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area – two stations.
  • Fort Snelling State Park – one station.
  • William O’Brien State Park – one station.
  • Jay Cooke State Park – one station.
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park – one station.
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park – one station.

I suppose now is a great time for me to invest in a bike that costs more than $100.