Marshall Bike Share
Bicycling has been a popular activity in Minnesota since the late 19th century. We are the 2nd most bicycle friendly state in the nation and for the past 18 years Minnesota has claimed to have more miles of bike trails than any other state in the U.S. Marshall was awarded the prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) status by the League of American Bicyclists in 2018. Foresight from our community leaders provides 4 miles of paved bike trails connecting the campuses of Marshall High School and SMSU on the NE side of town. Trails or bike lanes wind throughout the city out to Wayside Park along Highway 23. The Camden Regional Trail provides another 10 miles of paved trail from Wayside Park to Camden State Park. The YMCA is blessed to be connected to this trail system and we encourage everyone to make biking a part of your outing to the YMCA. The Farmer’s Market is another wonderful family biking destination when the market season kicks off on Saturday mornings in July- October.
As of May 21 the YMCA, AmericInn, and The Bike Shop have three bicycles each which can be used at no cost by anyone with a valid driver’s license. Bikes are available on a first come basis for anything from a short ride up to one week. Children under age 18 can also use a bike if with a parent. The process is quick and simple available courtesy of Marshall Community Services and the city of Marshall.
Kudos to Amanda Beckler and Cam Bailey from Marshall Community Services and Chad Kulla from The Bike Shop for all their work in making this program possible. Months of research went into creating this opportunity which we hope will expand in the coming years. The Y is pleased to be a participating location and I heard a lot of excitement at the Bicycle Safety event on May 20. Several people shared their desire to check out the Camden Trail for the first time. Visitors to Marshall and Camden State Park can jump on a bike and explore all we have to offer. We also have many residents without a bike who will now have the opportunity partake in an activity which is both physically and socially beneficial.
Visit the Chamber, city of Marshall or MARSH Sports websites for maps and more information on our local biking opportunities.