St. Paul makes major best bike cities list...

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St. Paul is getting serious about building a bike loop around downtown.
... and Minneapolis finished 37 spots higher.

But let's forget about that for a second! It's cool, for a change, to see St. Paul get some love as the 40th-ranked city in Bicycling Magazine's biannual Best Cities to Bike list, and we spoke to Anne Hunt, environmental policy director for Mayor Chris Coleman's office, to get some perspective on the exciting bike-related developments taking place there.

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Amber Dallman gave birth after riding Nice Ride to St. Paul hospital


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Minneapolis cyclists battle for a place in traffic

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Benjamin Carter Grimes
Special thanks to Schmit Towing for the location and Chad Padelford, Ramsey Louder, and Sara Abdelaal for modeling.

Last summer, David Briscoe got the call that every parent dreads. It was a nurse. We have your daughter.

Shaina had left her home in south Minneapolis that Saturday, a hot one punctured by rain, and joined her friends for an impromptu race headed north through downtown. Around 3 p.m., lagging behind the pack, she hurried through the intersection of Washington and Hennepin avenues against a red light.

The driver of an ice-blue SUV paused as the first group of riders passed, then tapped the accelerator into the clearing. Shaina hurtled head-first into the driver's side of the car, smashing the mirror. The bike's front tire was ripped from the frame.

Though she was wearing a helmet, Shaina suffered a severe brain injury. Her jaw snapped. As the internal pressure mounted, she lay motionless on the asphalt, with blood pooling around her mouth.

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Johnson supporter vandalizes bike trail to get out the message

Categories: Bicycle, Politics

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The infamous Cedar Lake Trail graffiti

The ride from St. Louis Park to Minneapoils along the Cedar Lake Regional bike trail is normally uneventful -- a few twists and tunnels are all the excitement you'll get. But lately, you'll find something different among the gravel and debris a few hundred feet from Target Field. A message has sprouted up on the pavement, spelled out in big, white, spray-painted letters, from a graffiti artist with a point to make.

"DUMP DAYTON," the message reads, sprawled out in all caps. Underneath it sits a big white checkmark, and another hastily spray-painted name: "JEFF JOHNSON."

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Mills Ruins Park defaced by graffiti


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Confessed Greenway masturbator Stephen Smith is allegedly serial self-exposer

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Even in Minneapolis biking isn't THIS hot...
Around 7:30 p.m. on May 20, Minneapolis bike cops arrested Stephen Smith while he was touching himself along the Midtown Greenway bike path.

The police report says Smith was "masterbating" [sic] when officers arrived on the scene, and apparently it wasn't the first time he's pulled a stunt of that sort.

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John Iverson, alleged drunk driver, charged with vehicular homicide in bicyclist's death

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Olivia LaVecchia. Bike photo by Hryck.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announcing the charges on Friday afternoon. Right, a ghost bike in Pittsburgh.
This afternoon, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that John Iverson has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Marcus Nalls, a 26-year-old who was hit and killed while biking on Monday night.

"He was clearly intoxicated, and he ran up and killed a bicyclist," Freeman said. "It's unnecessary and tragic."

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- Bicyclist killed by drunk driver in south Mpls, MPD says



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Bicyclist killed by drunk driver in south Mpls, MPD says [UPDATE]

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Zach Nyhus on Facebook
The van involved in the fatal wreck can be seen in the foreground of this picture.
-- Update at bottom --

A bicyclist died after being stuck by a van near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Harriet Avenue in south Minneapolis just before 10 p.m. last night.

SEE ALSO: Prosecutors: "Not enough evidence" to charge driver of car that stuck and killed biker with homicide

According to police, the as-of-yet-unidentified biker was headed west on Franklin a few blocks east of Lyndale Avenue when a westbound van hit him. The victim ended up pinned underneath the vehicle as it careened over a snowbank onto the sidewalk.

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Nice Ride's fourth season was its most popular yet [MAP]

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Ten days remain to hop on a lime green bike before the end of the 2013 season, but Nice Ride's already tallying its rentals for the year. The numbers show that the bike share program's fourth season has been its most popular yet.

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- Open letter to New York: Stop freaking out about your bike share program


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U of M cops writing $98 tickets for sidewalk bikers

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As the volume of complaints hit record highs this fall, U of M police decided to crack down on annoying sidewalk bikers.

SEE ALSO: The most- and least-bikeable spots in Mpls

Cops are now writing $98 tickets for that infraction. University Police Chief Greg Hestness told the Minnesota Daily that while he'd rather not dole out fines, "Compliance this year has been completely absent... we need people to follow the rules."


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Nice Ride to go into hibernation

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Thirteen days remain before the Nice Ride bikes go into hibernation:
The bike-sharing network expects to have all the bikes gathered by Nov. 15, before the plows hit the streets. There's no date set for resuming the program.

SEE ALSO: Nice Ride hits 500,000 trips


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Amber Dallman gave birth after riding Nice Ride to hospital

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Amber Dallman has the 2013 Hardcore Biker of the Year award locked up, as far as we're concerned.
Sure, we all love our bikes, but this takes it to a whole new level.

Two weeks overdue, a pregnant St. Paul woman named Amber Dallman recently rode a Nice Ride bike from her Macalester-area home to Regions Hospital, where she later gave birth to her daughter, Elise.

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