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BICYCLE RIDING, DEATHS UP IN MINNESOTA; STATE AGENCIES CALL ON MOTORISTS TO SHARE THE ROAD


Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota bike riders are back on the road - and motorists need to share the road, according to the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT). Preliminary 2009 stats from DPS report 10 bicyclist deaths, a drop from 13 in 2008, but still above the average death count over the last decade. Officials expect a continued surge of bicyclists in 2010 and urge caution for those who may be new to bicycle commuting.

The agencies underscore the importance of the safety issue due to the popular biking culture, especially in the Twin Cities; Minneapolis was recently named America's "top biking city" by Bicycling Magazine.

"Motorists need to be ready as more bicyclists join traffic, and bike riders need to help drivers by heeding traffic and road rules, and wearing bright, reflective gear and helmets," says Cheri Marti, director of DPS Office of Traffic Safety.

Marti adds that bike commuters need to take the time to plan safe routes, use paths when possible, and follow the rules of the road, including obeying traffic signals.

DPS reports each year an average of eight bicyclists are killed and more than 950 are injured in crashes with vehicles. Most bicycle crashes occur during afternoon rush hours. People under age 25 represent more than half of all bicyclists injured annually.

"Bicycles have a right to be on every road, except where specifically prohibited, and that means following the rules of the road and being respectful of other traffic," says Susan Koschak, Statewide Non-Motorized Advisory Committee chairperson. "As cyclists, we have the responsibility to be visible, which means wearing clothing that contrasts with the background and using appropriate lights when it is dark."

The major contributing factor in bicyclist-motorist crashes is failure to yield right-of-way, for which both bicyclists and drivers are at fault. For bicyclists, another crash factor is disregard for traffic control devices. Crash factors for motorists include failing to watch for and see bicyclists, and driving inattentively.

DPS and MnDOT officials say that the law is clear: bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. Eight "rules of the road" to improve bicycle safety are:

1. Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted - such as interstates.

2. Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.

3. Motorists must at all t .....
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AT&T TXTNG & DRIVNG CAMPAIGN URGES CONSUMERS THAT 'IT CAN WAIT'

Mon, Apr 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Stop what you're doing. Take out your wireless device. Read out loud the last text message you received. Would reading or responding to that text message while driving be worth causing a serious accident? When you look at ..... 
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National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter names new president

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Holly Anderson, a seven-year veteran of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, has been named president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter.



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MPCA AWARDS OUTSTANDING WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATORS

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn ⎯ The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Tyler Carrigan from POET Biorefining for outstanding performance in wastewater operations during 2009. The awards were announced March 25th at the 73rd Annual Wa ..... 
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Forum aims to help medical professionals talk to patients about cancer risk from radon exposure

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A forum for medical professionals to increase their awareness of radon as a leading cause of lung cancer will be held Thursday, May 6 in Bloomington.

The event, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Lung Association of ..... 
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Workers to Begin Installing New MSP Airport Highway Signs Tonight

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The days of driving to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, only to discover en route that its two terminals are on entirely separate roadways with no signs to tell you which terminal your airline uses, are about to ..... 
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BBB issues warning on fax scam targeting businesses

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

April 7, 2010 - St. Paul, MN- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning companies to be on alert for a scam involving shipping orders placed via fax, and stolen credit card numbers.



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STATE OFFICIALS URGE MOTORCYCLISTS TO SEEK SAFETY TRAINING

Wed, Mar 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Public safety officials are encouraging all motorcyclists, even experienced riders, to tune up their riding skills just as they tune up their bikes for the riding season. Minnesota Department of Public Safety preliminary data show there we ..... 
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NEW REPORT REVEALS IMPACT OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ON MINNESOTA

Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 9, 2010 - According to the Alzheimer's Association's® 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, ....



Rising Prevalence

There are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 97,7 ..... 
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