Edina adds lanes and racks for bicyclists

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 8, 2012 - 6:53 PM

Road markings, posted signs make motorists and residents aware of the improvements.

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jafblumpkinOct. 8, 12 7:04 PM

The bike lanes on Woodale are an absolute disaster waiting to happen. I hope the head on collision they cause does not involve a school bus. Bikers that have drivers licenses don't need special lanes,, heck most of them don't obey the laws of the road anyway. Ever see a Lance Armstrong lover yield to a stop sign?

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matermeaOct. 8, 12 8:19 PM

Wooddale Ave is a travesty! Only the second street in the state to undergo "center line removal". Not even close to being wide enough for this scenario. Not room enough for two cars to pass and no center lane to guide the cars! The progressives on the Edina City Council who all approved this experiment are putting citizens at risk. Have been in several near collisions since the striping last week. Tim Harlow maybe you should do some actual reporting and ask the residents how this is working? Any deisgn that requires digital signs and neon-vested workers handing out flyers to explain how to use the street means it is a BAD DESIGN! And a dangerous one too.

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dougdodgeOct. 8, 12 9:05 PM

I live in Edina and I am just livid about this disastrous project. You call it an "improvement" and I call it a fatal accident just waiting to happen. I'd like to know how much of the taxpayer's money has been wasted on this travesty.

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justdriveOct. 8, 12 9:15 PM

Edina. Bike lanes. That's like military intelligence. Large SUVs, cadillacs, mom's, with minivans filled with their human puppies, all on their cell phones, are not compatible bicycling. Thanks for trying.

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elkriverscottOct. 8, 12 9:16 PM

Terrific use of hard working taxpayer money. Perhaps the cyclists could do something, anything, to pay for their paths instead of leeching off the drivers hard earned money. While I'm here, stay the f out of the automobile turn lanes. This is begging for a fatal. Must one be arrogant to ride a bicycle? Appears so.

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shanelangeOct. 8, 12 9:33 PM

I live a few blocks from this disaster on Wooddale. Edina leaders you wanted to be front and center in the paper "hey look at us" we're bike friendly. Aren't you suppose to listen to the residents and keep us safe. Oh and when you snow plows rip up the "ironed" on green markers who is going to pay for that. How about we deduct that bill from your pay!!!!

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artievandOct. 8, 1210:01 PM

We tell drivers not to pass on shoulders because it's dangerous to pedestrians and bicyclists (and it's illegal). This design essentially encourages drivers to do just that - veer onto the shoulder whenever they pass an oncoming car. What percent of drivers will look backwards before doing so? And doesn't that put bicyclists at risk?

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ipaytaxnbikeOct. 8, 1210:32 PM

heya elkriverscott please picture every cyclist as a three year old girl who wandered into the street by accident, you may kill anyone with one poor decision... Most cyclists own cars, pay taxes and hope that our leaders figure out how to make it safe for everyone.

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lawyerguyOct. 8, 1210:42 PM

What moron thought the Woodale striping was a step forward? When I drove down Woodale my first thought was: am I supposed to plow over the bicyclist who is given a false sense of security by these lane markings or honor the bike lane and crash head on into the oncoming vehicle? Literally 2/3 of the driving lanes are now given over to bicycles. There is not enough room for cars to pass in opposite directions. Ironically, I drove more than 10 blocks without seeing a single biker travelling in either direction.

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shanelangeOct. 8, 1211:27 PM

Just wait, Light rail down France is next... Then it will become illegal to own cars in Edina.

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