GRAND FORKS — On a sunny Saturday afternoon, families were out enjoying a sunny day in Lincoln Park, and for Scott Jensen and his friends, they also came to ride.
A recent survey by People for Bikes shows Grand Forks is a top 10 city to bike in, sitting at number 10, one spot behind Denver.
Jensen said those results are consistent with what he's been seeing while biking.
"We see more people (on the Greenway) biking and walking, and there's been more healthy dogs out here than you can shake a stick at," he said. "It's been fantastic."
The survey shows safety of routes and those routes being connected are two main reasons for the city's ranking, and Matt McFadden, who moved to Grand Forks from Arizona six years ago, said safety is the main reason he fell in love with the Greenway's paths.
"The majority of the Greenway is protected, and there's not a lot of street crossings, so you can just ride and not have to stop and wait for a traffic light," he said.
Riding the Greenway also inspired Matt to help create a Facebook group called "Northern Star Cycling Club," which has over 200 members.
McFadden, Jensen and Greg Dufault, who were riding together on Saturday afternoon, are all members of the group, and they all said it's helped keep them sane during the COVID-19 pandemic. They hope to keep the tires spinning in a top biking city.
"You can still meet up with your friends, and if you want to stay socially distant, just don't ride as fast as each other," McFadden said.
Most of the group plans on participating in the Fargo Cyclothon coming up this August.