Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Proposed Law Would Require a Permit to Use Minnesota Bike Lanes

A new bill would require a
permit to use Minnesota bike lanes.
Minnesota bicyclists aren't happy with a proposed bill to require bicyclists to have special permits to use bike lanes in urban areas.

According to the Star Tribune, under a bill introduced last week by Rep. Duane Quam, R-Byron, riders would be required to attend an educational program and pass a test to receive a permit to use bike lanes. Bicyclists under 15 would not be allowed to use bike lanes.

Quam said he intended the proposal to prompt conversations about bike safety and said he’s concerned about a lack of consistent bike education across the state. Others think it will make biking less safe though, forcing kids and others without permits to ride with traffic, and could decrease the number of people riding in general. In particular, the bill could deter minority and low-income groups from bicycling.

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