He's king of Minneapolis roads

  • Article by: SHARYN JACKSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2012 - 7:51 AM

Minneapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Shaun Murphy gets around - without a helmet. He could use one to block the shots that critics lob his way.

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ukiregisterAug. 6, 12 5:39 PM

Shaun Murphy is helping to make the streets of our city safer for bicyclists who can be particularly vulnerable at dangerous intersections and poorly planned out routes, while taking steps to ensure that cars are not just idling because of poor planning. Ultimately, he is making the city of Minneapolis more likely to succeed in the years to come. Bicycle infrastructure is considerably less expensive than the construction of new roads. As the population of Minneapolis continues to grow, and skyrocketing gasoline and healthcare costs persist, we need to create infrastructure that allows people to be safe, get exercise that keeps them healthy, and accommodate more commuters in existing space. Not only doe Mr. Murphy's experience make him well equipped for this job, but his passion for the job provides him with the personal drive to see Minneapolis succeed. Ultimately, he is an amazing bargain for our city and I believe history will fondly remember him and his contribution.

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stoneageAug. 6, 12 6:30 PM

Interesting that Johnson complains about $62000, when she just handed Minneapolis taxpayers a three quarter BILLION dollar tax bill for a stupid stadium.

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love101Aug. 6, 1211:11 PM

Just another reason I'm so proud to live in this wonderful city of Minneapolis. Another happy taxpayer.

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pdbrownAug. 7, 12 6:28 AM

Helmet?

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chablis28Aug. 7, 12 7:56 AM

I didn't hear one concrete new idea he has for better "coodination" between drivers and cyclist. I own and ride a Trek 1.5 road bike and wear all the tour de france gear too so, I'm all ears. Still seems like a waste of taxpayer money at this point. Mostly comes down to common sense.

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sharblaz1Aug. 7, 12 8:42 AM

As I'm walking today on the sidewalk a bicycle runs into me. I get just a flip of the hand. No accountability for biking bad behavior. They should be licensed just like the cars. How else are you going to stop the bad behavior? All I hear is safety for the biker. How about pedestrians?

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madeinheavenAug. 7, 12 8:45 AM

I love Minneapolis. Most bike friendly city I've lived in. Biking is the most efficient mode of transportation. Everyone should do it more. Thanks for all of your hard work!

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alicemaryAug. 7, 12 9:00 AM

He's giving out the WRONG message by not wearing a helmet. You can get a CPSC-approved helmet for as little as $12. Does he also drive around without a seatbelt on? Helmets save lives; period!

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Grin0048Aug. 7, 1211:03 AM

Overall it does seem like he is doing a good job, but honestly, it's hard not to question his judgment to some degree given the absolutely ridiculous stance he has taken regarding the use of helmets.

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harveyhzAug. 7, 1211:28 AM

i am delighted that we have someone whose job it is to make bicycling in Minneapolis more accessible and safer for everyone. But apparently, Mr. Murphy has never heard the word ACCIDENT. Perfectly safe riders and drivers have ACCIDENTS and a helmet can save your life, as I have witnessed and experienced myself. He is a great advocate, but exemplifying safety by wearing a helmet should be a litmus test for this job. Period! Just see this note I got today from a friend. "My friend was hit from behind while cycling. The helmet saved his life! They might not be the coolest looking to wear, but can you imagine what his head would look like if he didn't wear one? You can be a casual rider or an expert rider and you have no control over someone hitting you or falling on an unexpected obstacle so protect your head!"

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