Please Drive Carefully
The name of the bicyclist killed last week has been released: Audrey Hull, a 25-year-old University of Minnesota student.
In related news, the hit-and-run driver who killed pedestrian Ben Van Handel has been arrested, and another pedestrian has been hit, this time on the West Bank.
Since these disturbing and tragic incidents, the City and various news outlets have asked all road users to be more cautious and better share the road. While I echo those sentiments, I believe that we shouldn't shy away from more directly addressing drivers. If you drive on Minneapolis streets, please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians. When turning, look for bicyclists and pedestrians in crosswalks. When turning in locations where there is a bike lane, do not simply turn across the bike lane. Merge into it just before the intersection, and turn from there - that is the safe and legal way to turn where a bike lane is present.
Those of us who choose to drive have the responsibility to ensure that we don't hurt or kill other road users. We're the ones using large, powerful machines that can end or significantly change someone's life, and we simply must be more careful. Out of respect for the memory of Audrey, Ben, and the others who have died on Minneapolis roadways in recent weeks, please join me in driving with more care.