Red lights and bicycles: Minneapolis bicycle traffic and rules of the road

Commuting from downtown Minneapolis, I paused at the intersection of Bryant and Franklin Avenues. It’s a high-traffic intersection for cyclists on the “bicycle boulevard” to cross, and as cyclists and drivers alike know, there’s no traffic control. Waiting for cross traffic to slow, I nearly jumped out of my skin when a bicyclist passed me from behind at full speed. Her white shawl billowed and brushed my arm, and I flinched when she avoided a passing car by inches.Standing long enough at a high-traffic intersection, there’s a high likelihood you’ll see a bicyclist sail through the stoplight or stop sign against traffic. To be fair, you’ll likely see twice as many who slow down, stop, wait for the appropriate traffic signal, and proceed to cross safely. Continue Reading