Minnesota cyclists know that riding in winter, particularly during icy weather can be a challenging proposition. However, while winter riding might be difficult, it does not have to be impossible, and there are some things riders can do to avoid getting into a cycling accident.
Cyclists are extremely vulnerable on the roads of Minnesota, and their safety is largely dependent on drivers remaining alert and obeying the state's traffic laws. They can be killed or catastrophically injured in a collision with a car, truck or sports utility vehicle, but there are a number of steps that cyclists can take that could reduce their chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
What scene represents spring in Minneapolis better than an abundance of bicycles on the roads? With miles of bike paths and roads with bike lanes, the Twin Cities is a haven for bicyclists. In fact, Nice Ride Minnesota, the area's bike sharing program, will be open for business two weeks early this year thanks to spring's early arrival.
As many bicyclists in Minnesota may already know, sharing a roadway with motor vehicles can be dangerous for bicyclists. While traffic accidents involving bicycles account for hundreds of deaths per year, they cause tens of thousands of nonfatal injuries as well.
A 33-year-old Minnesota woman was hit by a truck on June 30 while pulling her two children on a bicycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, the accident occurred at 11:28 a.m. on Highway 270 in Rock County. Reports said that a truck driven by a 25-year-old man struck the woman while driving east on the highway.
A 51-year-old Minneapolis man lies in a hospital bed recovering from emergency surgery. The extent of his injuries is not known, but he is listed as being in serious condition. The man was injured this past weekend while he was riding his bicycle down Summit Ave. in St. Paul. Police indicate the man was traveling west when an SUV that was traveling east, turned left and struck him.
People all over the Twin Cities were devastated when they learned that a young woman was recently killed by a hit-and-run driver. Sadly, these accidents are not uncommon, and neither is the horrible decision that the driver made to flee the scene of the bicycle accident.