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Teen bicyclist fatally hit in downtown Minneapolis identified

There are 30 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 25, 2008, titled Teen bicyclist fatally hit in downtown Minneapolis identified. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The 18-year-old Minneapolis man who died in a bicycle-truck crash near Nicollet Mall has been identified.

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Smokey

South Saint Paul, MN

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Sad, this is becoming a everyday occurrence. And it is only going to get worse as more and more people turn to alternative forms of transportation. I think more bike lanes and trails need to be made and education programs for drivers as well as alternative commuters be put in place. This is really one topic where the government is lagging behind, they could have, should have anticipated this.
Dr_ Daniel Jackson

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 25, 2008
Smokey wrote:
Sad, this is becoming a everyday occurrence. And it is only going to get worse as more and more people turn to alternative forms of transportation. I think more bike lanes and trails need to be made and education programs for drivers as well as alternative commuters be put in place. This is really one topic where the government is lagging behind, they could have, should have anticipated this.
even though my experience with bike riders on the streets haven't been pleasant one....i have to agree with smokey, with this one.
Subgenius

United States

#4 Sep 25, 2008
Two words: Grade separation. What good are bike trails if they have to cross four or six lanes of rush-hour traffic at certain points? And bike lanes painted on streets are worthless as there's no physical barrier to keep drivers from carelessly driving on them.
Andy

United States

#6 Sep 26, 2008
Bikes aren't vehicles...get off the road.
Smokey

South Saint Paul, MN

#7 Sep 26, 2008
Andy wrote:
Bikes aren't vehicles...get off the road.
Bikes are vehicles and in almost every country in the world besides the U.S.A. they out number cars and trucks by 10 to 1 or more. This trend to alternative transportation is growing here in the U.S.A. out of necessity, people just cant afford to pay $3 to $4 a gallon for gas. Your attitude and that attitude by others is just going to kill people and land your butt in prison for vehicular homicide.
Enough Already

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Sep 26, 2008
I for one am sick and tired of cyclists using the street instead of the bike trails in Minnehaha Falls Park.
A bike cannot go 25 mph, the posted speed limit; nor a straight line with the curves of the path.

It's too dangerous to drive through, and I'm surprised that more reports haven't made the paper about people being hit in this area.

Especially the drunk cyclists...
Citizen Joe

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Sep 26, 2008
Andy wrote:
Bikes aren't vehicles...get off the road.
YES! I with you on that.

That'll teach them bicyclists!
Smokey

South Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 26, 2008
How did you people that are bashing bikes even get a drivers license I mean really other then where restricted like freeways and stuff, bikes have a legal right to share the road with us in cars that's why I said in my earlier statement that I think more bike lanes and trails need to be made and education programs for drivers as well as alternative commuters be put in place. We have to learn to share the road and besides it is the law.
fred rogers

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Sep 26, 2008
Smokey wrote:
How did you people that are bashing bikes even get a drivers license I mean really other then where restricted like freeways and stuff, bikes have a legal right to share the road with us in cars that's why I said in my earlier statement that I think more bike lanes and trails need to be made and education programs for drivers as well as alternative commuters be put in place. We have to learn to share the road and besides it is the law.
no one really shares these days.
Citizen Joe

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Sep 26, 2008
i'm in car....chances of me dying or remotely hurt at all in a collision with a bicyclist, not gonna happen.

bike v.s. car.....winner-car!
Happy Hour Lover

United States

#13 Sep 26, 2008
Citizen Joe wrote:
i'm in car....chances of me dying or remotely hurt at all in a collision with a bicyclist, not gonna happen.
bike v.s. car.....winner-car!
Yeah...plus people on bikes are so hard to see sometimes, no wonder they are getting run over so frequently lately. Sucks for them though since they are probably just trying to save some money by not using gas. I would rather spend big bucks on gas than risk my life biking to work.
Classic Version

Eden Prairie, MN

#14 Sep 26, 2008
Bikers have no respect of the law. They run through stop signs and stop lights.

That's one less lawless biker. One giant step for mankind.

“"Local Man Right! Again"...”

Since: Sep 08

St. Paul

#15 Sep 26, 2008
These cyclists feel that they own the road... They run stop signs, ride thru crosswalks (illegal) and take up just enough of the road so you can't pass. Minnehaha Falls Park is a great example. Once I slowed down to a crawl and hugged the edge of the road so they couildn't pass me and this pansy in tights got made at me. More will die and it's because they think they own the road. They do not. Hail Winter!!

“"Local Man Right! Again"...”

Since: Sep 08

St. Paul

#16 Sep 26, 2008
Smokey wrote:
more bike lanes and trails need to be made and education programs for drivers as well as alternative commuters be put in place
Yeah, more programs... You fruit. You'd love it if they forced us all into some program to teach us how toco-exist with you morons. Or maybe we should all surrender our vehicles and use mass transit. Get a life you mama's boy...
Classic Version

Eden Prairie, MN

#17 Sep 26, 2008
Hey ken in St Paul! Right on! They are mainly fruitcakes in spandex. Good only for target practice.

There should be a bounty on them.
Mom of a bike rider

Wayzata, MN

#18 Sep 26, 2008
My condolences to this young man's family.
My 19-yr-old and several of her friends who don't have driver's licenses bike all over. It's not just gas that's expensive, but car maintenance and insurance. As far as their safety, at that age they don't think anything can happen to them. I, however, worry. Last night sirens sounded soon after she had taken off on her bike after dark, and I was unnerved.(She was okay.) Bikers should try to make sure they're visible and using bike routes whenever possible and drivers need to be on the lookout. This happens too often.
Citizen Joe

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Sep 26, 2008
ken in stpaul and classic version, you guys are cool! let us 3 take to the streets and show them bicyclists their class on co-existing.
cray

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Sep 27, 2008
As for bikes not being vehicles perhaps you should get a dictionary

"1. any means in or by which someone travels or something is carried or conveyed; a means of conveyance or transport: a motor vehicle; space vehicles.
2. a conveyance moving on wheels, runners, tracks, or the like, as a cart, sled, automobile, or tractor.
3. a means of transmission or passage: Air is the vehicle of sound. "

Check with the dmv you dumbass

http://www.hiawathabike.org/bicycle_laws.htm

Minn. Stat.ยง169.222 Operation of bicycle.

Subdivision 1. 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.

I am constantly surprised at how many ignorant people know how to type
Andy wrote:
Bikes aren't vehicles...get off the road.
cray

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Sep 27, 2008
This person is a physcopath and should be taking medication
Classic Version wrote:
Bikers have no respect of the law. They run through stop signs and stop lights.
That's one less lawless biker. One giant step for mankind.

“"Local Man Right! Again"...”

Since: Sep 08

St. Paul

#22 Sep 27, 2008
cray wrote:
This person is a physcopath and should be taking medication
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Take your training wheels of as well as your skirt... Everyone knows that all cyclists are perverted introverted psychopaths,,, It's a well-known fact. Also, they are all reckless lawbreakers. Criminal masterminds. Rebellious heathens witing to snap. They ride thru crosswalks and disobey traffic laws. Away withthem all. Hail winter! The official end of my having to keep myself from sneaking up on them and laying on my horn!

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