Minneapolis is America’s most bike-friendly city, according to Bicycling magazine. The publication evaluated cities with a population of 100,000 or more based on the following criteria: separate bike traffic lanes, city bike racks and bike boulevards and whether the city has a vibrant “bike culture” including savvy bike shops and cyclists who “have the ear of local government.”
This is exciting news at Minneapolis-based Pritzker Olsen Attorneys. Founding attorney, Fred Pritzker, is a former cycling racer and avid supporter of both the health and environmental benefits of bike commuting and recreational cycling. He also understands the ins and outs of bike safety. A bike-friendly city means a bike-safe city.
Minnesota Bike Safety Lawyers: Bike Safety Information
Although Minnesota bike-vehicle accidents declined by 37 percent from 1994 to 2002, there are still about 1,000 crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles in Minnesota each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Many of these involve serious bike accident injuries.
More than half of all bike crashes happen when motorists and cyclists are crossing paths toward each other or in a perpendicular fashion. However, the most severe accidents that result in cyclist death typically occur when the bike rider and vehicle are traveling in the same direction.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic; not against traffic.
- Obey traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists do.
- Use hand signals to communicate your movements.
- Use a headlight, reflectors and rear flashing light when cycling at night.
The complete list of Bicycling magazine’s bike-safe cities are as follows:
- Portland, Ore.
- Boulder, Colo.
- Seattle, Wash.
- Eugene, Ore.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Madison, Wis.
- New York City
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Chicago, Ill.