Minnesota is Introducing a New 'Canoe Share' Along the Mississippi River
Both Smithsonian’s Erin Blakemore and CityLab’s Anna Bergren Miller report that the Twin Cities will kick off a combination bike-canoe and kayak share next year. The program will encourage day-trippers to explore the mighty Mississippi River—which originates in Minnesota’s Itasca County and flows south through the Twin Cities—without investing in expensive outdoor equipment.
The endeavor will combine already-existing bike and boat-sharing programs, and will be funded by the National Park Service, Recreational Equipment Inc., and the U.S. Department of Transportation. A swath of the Mississippi River will be allocated for recreational use, and canoe/bike stations will be positioned at strategic launch points so that city-dwellers can explore the river’s length by land or water.
Although officials are still figuring out logistics like check-out procedures and membership fees, the bike-canoe share is expected to be ready for peddling—and paddling—by summer 2016.