Midtown Greenway draws bikers; parallel streets draw crashes

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2014 - 10:25 PM

The Minneapolis streets stand out for bike accidents, and they run parallel to the Midtown Greenway dedicated bike route.

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a6699fFeb. 21, 1410:01 PM

Death Wish. I log about 2000 miles per year on my bike, as much off-road-on-path as I possibly can, and it drives me bonkers when I'm driving and get behind someone on a bicycle, riding in the street, when there's a perfectly good path ten feet away. (Think: Wirth Parkway) I have no idea what they're thinking, if they are at all. Must be a death wish or something.

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boozlesFeb. 21, 1410:39 PM

South Mpls has some of the worst drivers in the Twin Cities. Most drivers here are on their cell phones and are not paying attention to driving. I do not ride my bike on Lake St. Cedar ave or Franklin because the drivers are inattentive and not paying attention to driving. People fly through red lights constantly because they are on their phones. The only way to make driving a bike or a car in Minneapolis is to make cell phone use illegal while driving. If you have to talk pull over and talk or text.

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boozlesFeb. 21, 1410:43 PM

South Mpls has some of the worst drivers in the Twin Cities. Most drivers here are on their cell phones and are not paying attention to driving. I do not ride my bike on Lake St. Cedar ave or Franklin because the drivers are inattentive and not paying attention to driving. People fly through red lights constantly because they are on their phones. The only way to make driving a bike or a car in Minneapolis is to make cell phone use illegal while driving. If you have to talk pull over and talk or text.

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slashdotFeb. 21, 1410:52 PM

"Some" Bikers are just as ignorant as their counter parts in cars. Natural selection works both ways.

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reeddrbjFeb. 21, 1411:08 PM

I swear some of the bike riders are suicidal. I can't tell you how many times I have driven down Lake and seen bike riders run red lights, jump red lights, ride the wrong way down one way streets, etc. They need to obey the traffic laws just as much motor vehicles..

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mdachsFeb. 22, 1412:19 AM

If one takes the number of bikers on these routes at 5,000, when compared with the Minneapolis population of 392,000, this group of bikers is 1% of the population. I don't see why this issue even merits an article in the Star Tribune. Nor do I see why anyone should care. There are far more important issues that impact much larger portions of the Minneapolis population than this. Why should we get excited about an issue that impacts 1% of the population?

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samiamFeb. 22, 14 1:18 AM

If there are more bikers in the area there are going to be more crashes. Simple. Math.

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corngo4rFeb. 22, 14 5:43 AM

Mdchs-it is only 1% but shouldn't be, I m sure there are more riders out there that if there were the proper resources would bike. We should strive for the Amsterdam plan. While I don't agree with riding the streets when you have the corridor right there and I won't address the illegal things bikers do, the traffic patterns in the cities are such that the leaders should start developing a comprehensive plan like Chicago's 2020 plan. While I don't think Lake needs a lane for the above reason, Hennepin could use one to link Uptown with downtown. Chicago's plan does have lanes on streets just s busy and protected lanes downtown so it can be done. But bikers have to be respectful too; the roads are a "two way street".

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aarghmebuckoFeb. 22, 14 6:25 AM

Do the crashes mainly involve bikers traveling parallel to the Greeway, or perpendicular to the greenway? My guess is that the vast majority involve crossing 28th or lake, not while riding along it..

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karendavid816Feb. 22, 14 6:34 AM

Time to start enforcing traffic laws for bikers using streets. Red lights and stop signs include bikers.

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