Kenilworth Trail

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The Kenilworth Trail is a paved bicycle trail in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It runs nearly 1.5 miles (2.4 km) and acts as a connector between the Cedar Lake Trail in the north and the Midtown Greenway in the south.[1] Like the Cedar Lake Trail, most of the route is composed of a triple-divided cycleway/pedway with a pair of one-way paths for bicycles and another path for pedestrians. According to the Minneapolis Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Report from 2013, 2100 bicyclists and 410 pedestrians are estimated to use the trail daily.[2] On some maps, a southern segment of the Kenilworth Trail is called the Burnham Trail.

At its northern end, it is easy for westbound Cedar Lake Trail users to accidentally get on the Kenilworth Trail, since continuing on the Cedar Lake trail requires taking a right turn at a "T" intersection just south of Interstate 394. Cyclists who miss the turn find themselves on the Kenilworth instead. In the south, the Kenilworth Trail entrance is only 0.1 miles (160 m) east of where the Midtown Greenway ends and the Southwest LRT Trail (now known as the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail) begins.[3] The trail only crosses two roads at grade level, the quiet West 21st Street and the busy Cedar Lake Parkway.

The trail runs adjacent to a freight railway line that was originally part of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway, but is now owned by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority. The Twin Cities and Western Railroad currently operates freight trains on the rail line.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cedar Lake Trail". Trail Reviews. Minnesota Inline Skate Club. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Minneapolis Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Report 2013" (PDF). Minneapolis Public Works Department. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Greenway Map". Midtown Greenway Coalition. Retrieved October 2, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Russell L. Olson (1976). The Electric Railways of Minnesota. Minnesota Transportation Museum, Inc.