Confessed Greenway masturbator Stephen Smith is allegedly serial self-exposer

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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Cyclist claims Molotov cocktail was thrown at him from Midtown Greenway bridge

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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]

Categories: Bicycle, Crime
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]

Categories: Bicycle
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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- Amber Dallman gave birth after riding Nice Ride to hospital
- 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

Categories: Bicycle, U of M
Patrick Goossens on Flickr
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

Categories: Bicycle
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

Categories: Bicycle
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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Minneapolis ranks second in bike commuting, with our old nemesis taking top honors

Categories: Bicycle, Lists
Damn you, Portland.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 6.1 percent of Portlandians biked to work last year. That's tops in the nation, with Minneapolis coming in as first loser at 4.5 percent.

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The Dinkytown Greenway is now open [MAPS]

Minnesota Daily
Like the Midtown Greenway, the Dinkytown runs along an old railroad corridor.
Thanks to the Dinkytown Greenway, you can now bike from Falcon Heights to downtown Minneapolis without having to play chicken with a single car along the way.

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

Minneapolis's latest bike highway opened late last week. The lighted-at-night .77-mile stretch runs below Dinkytown along old railroad tracks with a downtown-connecting pedestrian bridge (Bridge #9) on one end and TCF Bank Stadium on the other. Via the Granary Road, it also connects with the U of M Transitway.

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Minneapolis officials to make driving cars more difficult along two new bike boulevards [MAPS]

In an effort to keep bicyclists safe, Minneapolis officials will make driving harder along the soon-to-be-constructed Presidents and and Southern Bike Connection bike boulevards.

SEE ALSO: New Dinkytown bike highway set to open in June [MAPS]

Both boulevards, the former in Northeast and the latter in South, will feature miniature traffic circles, concrete medians, and curb extensions designed to slow down automobile traffic. The Southern Bike Connection with also have speed bumps like the ones adorning the Bryant Avenue bike boulevard in the Uptown area.

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