Minneapolis to Regulate Tall Bikes?


Responding to a complaint from a motorist, the City of Minneapolis is taking steps to regulate the height of bicycles. Tall bikes are frequently seen towering over cars on the city streets. Two or more bike frames are welded together to make a tall bike.

State regulations would seem to outlaw bikes on streets that are too tall to permit the rider to put a foot on the ground when stopped at an intersection. There may also be a problem with the fact that some tall bikes lack brakes. These regulations may not extend to bike trails.

City officials are concerned that tall bikes may not be safe to ride on bridges. They are also worried that tall bicyclists could be electrocuted by low-hanging high-voltage wires.