The city already leads the nation’s biggest cities in bike lanes per square mile, according to data compiled by one national bike advocacy group. And Minneapolis is adding an ever-increasing number of bike lanes to its streets, with a goal of 30 miles of protected on-street lanes by 2020. It added 6 miles last year.
That’s exactly the type of bike facility that minimizes risk for cyclists, according to the editorial by researchers John Pucher of Rutgers University and Ralph Buehlerof Virginia Tech.
“It is crucial to provide physical separation from fast-moving, high-volume motor vehicle traffic and better intersection design to avoid conflicts,” they wrote.