Twin Cities bicycling reaches new high point

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  • Updated: December 14, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Twin Cities residents are pedaling at record levels, according to the 2013 Count Report by Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities. Bicycling was up 13 percent this year, according to manual counts taken in September at 43 spots in Minneapolis, St. Paul and adjacent communities. Overall bicycling is up 78 percent since the counts began in 2007.

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jarlmnDec. 14, 13 5:28 PM

All the more reason for the STRIB to do a big bicycle safety and rules-of-the-road series next spring! Too many bicyclists and motorists don't know or obey the rules!

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clnorthDec. 14, 13 5:28 PM

Maybe one day they can help pay for the roads and trails they drive on by having a license just like every other mode of transportation.

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chuckhoovDec. 14, 13 5:56 PM

Cinorth, first we do help pay for lanes and trails with out income and property taxes. Second, Mpls had a bike registration fee back in the day and they canned it because it cost more to administer than they collected in revenues.

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getcrazyDec. 14, 13 6:01 PM

@clnorth---"Maybe one day they can help pay for the roads and trails they drive on by having a license just like every other mode of transportation." ---Please reach out to google. These roads they are riding on are paid for and maintained by property taxes and the general fund. Furthermore the federal highway funds haven't been enough for cover the cost of driving for a very long time and the tax hasn't changed in about 18 years while the width and distance of federal highways has grown. This means that billions are taken every single year from general federal tax revenues to cover the costs that drivers don't pay. The reason you need a drivers license is because you're driving a heavy piece of equipment that can kill others if not done properly. Currently someone dies every 15 minutes at the hand of an automobile operator. That's about 35,000 people every single year that die because drivers obviously were not safe and following the rules of the road. So far I haven't heard of a bicyclists killing a motorist or anyone else as long as I've been alive but I know that approximately 1,646,680 have died at the hands of people driving out of the bounds of safety and laws in my lifetime...so far. So far...

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isbjornmydogDec. 14, 13 6:14 PM

@clnorth get the facts, roads are not paid for solely by user fees (tabs, gas taxes). Plus, nearly everybody that uses a bike, has a car. Bikers pay as much as anybody for roads/trails but cause significantly less damage to roads.

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antisuburbsDec. 14, 13 6:20 PM

@clnorth i DO have a license and I own a car, too. I just hate using it. Why would I drive in traffic for a half hour when i could zoom by everybody on my bike in 10 minutes?

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happy2commntDec. 14, 13 6:24 PM

Who would "thumbs down" cinnorth? SERIOUSLY? So typical of the "all for me" culture of today. I want more bike lanes, I want better and paved bike trails, I want stronger bike laws (to protect bikers)..but pay for any of it ? No Way!

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gopher68Dec. 14, 13 6:33 PM

Clnorth, that argument is not only tired, it's false. Gas taxes and license tabs don't even come close to covering the cost of road construction and repairs. So quit whining about bikers getting a "free ride" until the modes of transportation that actually wear out the roads pay their fair share.

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fatredneckDec. 14, 13 6:42 PM

@clnorth - i'd support that, but it has to be fair. let's build in a tiered system to assess the wear and tear done to the roads based on weight. the bigger the mode of transportation, the more you pay.

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ChachiDec. 14, 13 7:26 PM

Every person on a bike is one less car on the road in front of you. It is one more open parking space. It is less pollution in the air you breath. It is lower health care premiums. It is not, as some people would call "all for me" culture. We are doing our part to reduce traffic and pollution, while at the same time doing something we enjoy. What is wrong with that? And by the way, I pay for tabs on a car that I rarely use and I have a current drivers license (as do most bicyclists).

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