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Days after fatal accident, local group demands safer streets for Minneapolis cyclists

Updated: November 22, 2019 06:22 PM

Just days after a bicyclist was hit and killed in Minneapolis, people are calling for safer streets.

"Obviously some paint on the road doesn't do the trick as evidence of this cyclist death," Tim Pate said.

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Pate is a member of the organization "Safe Streets Save Lives." His group held an event where they created a human-protected bike lane in the same area of the crash.

"Because what we want are physically separated bike lanes that keep cyclist safe," he said.

The deadly crash happened at the intersection of 12th Street and Linden Avenue in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday.

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According to the City of Minneapolis' Vision Zero Crash study, in 2016 there were over 230 crashes involving bicyclists on Minneapolis streets. The study went on to say, only four percent of bicycle crashes result in a fatal or severe injury.

Nathan Koster is a transportation planning manager with the city. He said Minneapolis has rolled out more than 20 miles of protected bike lanes in the last three years.

"The city has a plan for protected bikeways. It's anticipated that we're going to role out at least 30 miles by 2020 currently, we're on pace to exceed that," he said.

Pate thinks Minneapolis is setting its standards pretty low if it's going claim to be a bike-friendly city that still experiences tragic events like Wednesday's.

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