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Move over Portland, Ore. Minneapolis has now taken over as the bike-friendliest city. That is the word from todays Bicycling magazine. What did it? A combination of the increased number of bike riders and the actions that have been taken to make biking easier and safer.

With the increased riders on the road, it’s important to keep in mind the following recommendations.

General Bicycle Safety Tips

-Always wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent.

-Use hand signals to indicate which direction you want to turn.

-Be aware and alert at all busy intersections. Make yourself known to motorists.

-Have reflectors or lights when riding at night.

-Pass on the left, and be ready to hit the brakes. Keep a good passing distance.

-Be aware and leave room for motorists trying to make right-hand turns.

-The paths in Boulder have 15 mph speed limits; follow the speed guidelines.

-Don’t wear headphones when riding, and yield to traffic when entering roadways.

The hope is that as we go into another season of riding that people will be reminded of the need for safety.

3 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Brandon West

    As one that hails from a 'granola eating' part of CA, getting around by bike is just a heck of a lot more fun than by car. But seriously, Minneapolis as most friendly? Dunno Mike, something about riding on ice/through snow during the winter doesn't sound that appealing. Then again, maybe I've just lived in CA too long.

  2. Gravatar for Jason

    BrandonWest: As someone who lives in Minneapolis, I agree that biking through snow/on ice is not that appealing.

    But....it's not winter here all the time. :)

  3. Thanks to both of you for reading and commenting. It doesn't snow here all the time and actually seems like we are getting a lot less snow than many other places.

    The town really has upped the way it treats riders. I would be we learned from other places mistakes.

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