Minnesota drops two spots on list of most bike-friendly states

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Time to bring in a bunch more of these things.
It's time to get it together, Minnesota.

In its annual list of bike friendly states, released Wednesday, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Minnesota number four in the country, a two-spot drop from 2012. Washington state held onto its number-one position, while Colorado and Oregon leap-frogged us.

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The scoring is based on five categories: Legislation and Enforcement (we scored 4 out of 5), Politics and Programs (4 out of 5), Infrastructure and Funding (3 out of 5), Education and Encouragement (4 out of 5), and Evaluation and Planning (2 out of 5).

So, you're probably wondering what went wrong. After all, Twin Cities cyclists braved the roads all throughout this godawful winter, and Minneapolis keeps getting in more shipments of those green things. According to the Star Tribune, we actually stayed the same -- Colorado and Portland just got better.

Here are a few recommendations (full list here) from the League:

  • Adopt a vulnerable road user law that increases penalties for a motorist that injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian.
  • Focus on fully implementing the state's existing bicycle plan.
  • Add bicycle safety as an emphasis area in the state Strategic Highway Safety Plan and aggressively fund bike safety projects.
  • In other words, Minnesota policymakers need to step it up and follow through.


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    11 comments
    Paul Thomas
    Paul Thomas

    i see this as a positive. with how stupidly aggressive, militant and silly looking some of the fixed-gear-hipster bikers are, the fewer of them that are on the road, the better. cheers!

    Kent Erickson
    Kent Erickson

    Shawn....going between cars at stop lights is actually the proper way to do it. You don't want to be on the outside of a car making a turn because they may not see you, so being to the inside of a car making a turn and the outside of one going straight makes sense.

    Kent Erickson
    Kent Erickson

    I bike all the time and find MPLS a very friendly place to bike. I never have any issues. But I also follow the traffic laws and don't act entitled like many of my fellow cyclists do.

    Shawn Clark
    Shawn Clark

    I think they need to enforce the laws .There is a lot of over aggressive bike riders that DO not follow the laws. Go threw stop signs ,red lights .go in between cars at stop lights .I am so afraid I will hit some fool riding a bike. And of course it will be the automobile drivers fault

    Tom Fru
    Tom Fru

    Actually, Minnesota needs more friendly bikers.

    Brad Bergerson
    Brad Bergerson

    Having winter for what seems like 10 months of the year make it difficult to ride.

    Ben Driver
    Ben Driver

    All those stupid fuckin' bike lanes for nothin' lol

    Brenda Reinert
    Brenda Reinert

    No kidding it snows 9 months out of the year.....

    Patrick Wagner
    Patrick Wagner

    I blame The Snow... Mother nature is in cahoots with Oregon!!!

    barbertj23
    barbertj23 topcommenter

    @Kent EricksonĀ 

    I get that you want to defend bikers but you missed the point of Shawn's post. Bikers do A LOT to put themselves in danger in Minneapolis, my family won't even drive into the city to visit me because every time my dad is on the street a biker runs a stop sign in front of him.

    I used to love biking until I lived in Minneapolis, but now I just despise the attitude of people on bikes in this city. They never signal, they run stop signs and lights, they don't look, the pass me on the shoulder when I have my right turn signal on without any hesitation. My anxious hesitation at every turn I make that some cyclist isn't paying attention and my reliable breaks are the only thing keeping these people from being hit.

    More often than not they're no better than drunks wandering the streets after last call.

    To be fair not all of them are bad, but those are the ones I remember, and I do see them every day.

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