What Should You Know about Biking in Edina?

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 12:22pm.

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Biking is a great way to get around Edina. It’s great exercise, it’s free and it makes everything more accessible. With your car, you’re going to be paying for gas to get around, parking and of course it’s less environmentally-conscious to drive rather than bike.

Since Edina has worked hard to offer active transportation options, the next step has been to make the network of bikeways amazing for residents to easily live, work and play in the city. Here is a look at what you should know about this healthier mode of transportation around Edina.

Bike Laws

The state has bike laws to allow bicyclists the same rights and responsibilities of driving. You have freedom to ride on streets unless they specifically prohibit biking, specifically Highways 62 and 100. Cars and bikes are supposed to share the road but that starts with knowing your responsibilities in each mode of transportation. Be sure to reduce your distractions to improve safety, follow traffic signals, and check both directions before pulling into traffic.

Sharing the Road

Drivers need to be aware of cyclists in the travel lane. They should be given a three-foot or more clearance when passing and bicyclists need the entire width of a lane when there’s not enough room for both a vehicle and bike to travel side-by-side. Be extra careful when making turns.

Bikes should ride with the flow of traffic unless there is a bike lane. Use the full lane when preparing to turn left and avoid passing motorists on the right when approaching an intersection. Don’t ride close to parked vehicles and use hand signals to indicate turns.

Bike Facilities

The city has tripled its miles of bike facilities in the past few years in an effort to become more multi-modal while improving the health and safety of residents. Bicyclists should recognize that the bike lanes have solid lines and that motorists can’t cross them unless turning or parking.

Look for bike symbols that is not a bike lane is a way to designate a bike route. Drivers are allowed to drive on these. Park your bike on a bike rack and not on public sidewalks.

Take note of these bike rules in Edina and become more active while enjoying this extra transportation option.

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