Jennifer Janovy over 5 years ago

Every day, it seems like more people are riding bikes in Edina. As more people ride, there is an increased need to educate bicyclists and motorists about the rules of the road. The summer About Town includes a brief article (p. 10) on this topic. It quotes Minnesota State Statute 169.222, Subd. 1, but leaves out a very important part. The statute reads: "Traffic laws apply. Every person operating a bicycle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle by this chapter, except in respect to those provisions in this chapter relating expressly to bicycles and in respect to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature cannot reasonably be applied to bicycles." The last part--"except in respect to those provisions in this chapter relating expressly to bicycles and in respect to those provisions in this chapter which by their nature cannot reasonably be applied to bicycles"--is important. There are traffic laws that apply to both bicyclists and motorists, such as signaling turns or stopping at stop signs. There are traffic laws that apply to motorists, but not bicyclists, such as not driving in a parking lane or on the shoulder (bicyclists can, motorists cannot), and there are traffic laws that apply only to motorists, such as 169.15, Subd. 1. So, the statement in the article "Like any other driver, bicyclists must follow all of the rules of the road," is not true. Bicyclists must follow all the rules of the road that apply to bikes. As the City adds more bicycle facilities, and more residents ride for fun, fitness or transportation, I'd like to see more focus on bicycle education and making sure the information is accurate so that our streets can be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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Angie Berger over 5 years ago

I agree, the bike lane frenzy in Edina seems to have created an entitlement mentality for bikers. They are still required to stop at stop signs, should not be riding on sidewalks, especially when a bike path or bike lane is right next to them. It is their safety that is at stake and they are not kids that I see but adults. As they are out and about, police should enforce the law and ticket bikers just like the do cars. The ticket money can be used to maintain all the bike lanes that have been put in.

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Tracy x over 5 years ago

I have to disagree with the person who posted this. I don't understand why it should be the city governments responsibility to spend money on educating bicyclists...just as it is not the responsibility of government to teach people to drive a car, skateboard, long board or roller blade. If someone wants to ride a bike on the street, it would seem prudent that they know the rules before they get into traffic. Perhaps if someone wants to ride a bike on the streets in Edina, they should have to pass a biking test. That would certainly encourage bicycle riders to learn the rules. Motorcycles need a special permit before they mix with 7000 pound cars in traffic, so why not bikes? Regardless, lets not make it a government responsibility to teach bikers the rules, thats the bikers job.

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