About “Saint Paul By Bike”

I began the fourth season of Saint Paul By Bike on Sunday, March 30, 2014. I am pleased to say it is an earlier first ride than I expected. The two goals I have for this year are to ride the few remaining streets in Highland Park I have yet to bike and make at least one trip to the far East Side. I’m not in a rush to complete my travels on Saint Paul’s streets because the fun is in the journey-meeting interesting people, encountering remarkable sites and learning about the history of Saint Paul.

As I traversed Saint Paul a few years ago, I saw various interesting, curious and cool things.  It was entertaining to visit parts of the city to which I didn’t often or ever get.   I also noticed sights while biking that I would have otherwise missed.

This got me to thinking-what would I experience if I were to bike every street in Saint Paul?  How long would it take?  What fascinating people would I meet?  What interesting things would I see?

In summer of 2011 I began biking the more than 800 miles of city streets in Saint Paul and writing about my adventures, complete with photos, maps and anything else that clarifies my experiences.

On September 30, 2012 I wrapped up the first full season of Saint Paul By Bike and it was all I had hoped and more. Cliche’ perhaps, but true. I am most impressed with the people I met; their willingness to talk to a sweaty bike riding stranger and their interesting tales. From Highwood to Highland, Como Park to Ramsey Hill, Dayton’s Bluff to Frogtown, folks were without exception a joy to talk with.

Biking through places I’d never been was enlightening, educational or eye-opening and sometimes all three. I realize it is going to take me longer, likely much longer than I thought to ride every block of every street in Saint Paul. With luck I’ll have plenty of time to do it. I also learned the rides take much less time than writing about the rides. First, I’m not the fastest scribe to bang away on the keyboard. Second, transcribing the interviews of the people I talk with so as not to misquote anyone chews up more time. Third is the mapping of each ride which I’ve had to do manually. However, thanks to my good friend Rucksie who gave me a bike GPS, that task will be automated from now on. Finally, the actual posting of the blog has been a great skill to learn but requires a chunk of time.

Thanks for checking out my blog.  I hope it gives you a greater appreciation of Minnesota’s capitol city, the willingness to explore your world a little more and a chuckle or two.  While I’ll experience many things, I know I’ll miss some interesting, important and historic people and sights.  If there is place I must visit or a person I must meet, let me know . And don’t hesitate to say “hi” if you see me riding down your street.

In October of 2013, this blog was featured in Curt Brown’s Minneapolis StarTribune column called My Minnesota.  Thank you Curt for an excellent story.  You can read it here http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/230354711.html

Wolfie

Originally posted August 2011 and updated March 23, 2012, January 27, 2013, November 12, 2013, April 5, 2014.

20 thoughts on “About “Saint Paul By Bike”

  1. Thank you for this blog! I have lived in St. Paul for almost 25 years but it is so interesting to get some of the back stories on these familiar sites! Love it!

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  2. I enjoyed reading your blog. You’ve been close to a great trail – try the east end of the Vento Trail. Takes you through some old railroad tunnels, up Sweed Hollow past the old Ham’s brewery, and connects up with the Gateway Trail – which you can turn left on and end up back behind the Capital after crossing some interesting old rail bridges and ridding along 35E.

    See (someone else’s site) http://ronspace.org/2003/Swede_Hollow_Vento_Trail for a preview.

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    • Hi Bob,

      Thank you for reading the blog and your nice comments. I will jump on the Vento Trail when (if?) the weather turns nice and post about it. I always appreciate suggestions like yours.

      Wolfie

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    • Hi Jimmy,

      I have ridden the bicycle boulevard many times. The city is talking about adding some new bicycle boulevards, which I look forward to trying. Thanks for reading the blog and commenting.

      Wolfie

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  3. Dear Wolfie Browender,

    This David Freedman the webmaster of the Extra Alarm Association of
    the Twin Cities at http://www.extraalarm.org and I’m writing to you from
    Davao City, Philippines where I have made my home for the last for years.
    I am now 68 years young, but I was bornin St. Paul and spent my whole
    life there (born at 304 Macalester St.) until moving to the Philippines.

    I really enjoy you photographs of ‘my’ city. I was disappointed to
    learn of the demise of the ‘7 Corners Hardware’. As a long time woodworker
    it is a true loss.

    Now to the reason for my writing.

    I have for years been developing 3D models of both St. Paul and Minneapolis
    former fire stations, many of which the buildings no longer exist, or exist
    only in severly modified states. You can find my progress here…

    http://extraalarm.org/Google_Earth/3-D_models/eaatc/st_paul/st_paul_3D_station_models_production_wmap_V3map.php

    and here..

    http://extraalarm.org/Google_Earth/3-D_models/eaatc/minneapolis/mpls_3D_station_models_production_wmap_V3map.php

    I have been searching for a detailed picture of the top ‘logo’ at od
    fire station 4b (2) on Wacouta for some time. You have an excellent
    picture of it on you site. If I might ask may I use a copy of it on our
    site also with appropriate credits of couse. I would like to use it both
    on our Station 4b site page at…

    http://extraalarm.org/stations/St_Paul/former/STPFD_former_station_04_b.htm

    and to include it in the 3D model of Station 4b.

    Thanks for you time…

    David Freedman
    eatc7402.55123@gmail.com

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    • Hello David!

      I’m flattered that you have been following the blog from the Philippines. That explains a few of the international hits on the blog.

      I have used the Extra Alarm Association site many times for research into the Saint Paul Fire Department. It has been extremely helpful on several posts, including the one to which you refer.

      I am happy to let you use the shot of the top of Station 4. Thank you for asking.

      I’ll look at your 3D models in the next day or so.

      Enjoy your time in Davao City, especially as the weather gets colder here.

      Wolfie

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