What’s Velo?

Vélo is the French word for bike.

Interim Approval for Green Bike Lanes

Back in April, the FHWA granted “an Interim Approval for the optional use of green colored pavement in marked bicycle lanes and in extensions of bicycle lanes through intersections and other traffic conflict areas.”

Green Bike Lane

Before this interim approval, communities that wanted to implement green bike lanes had to do one of . . . → Read More: Interim Approval for Green Bike Lanes

Giving Trail Traffic Priority

According to this article at the Daily Planet, the Minneapolis Public Works Department is considering modifying the traffic control (stop signs) at several intersections along the Midtown Greenway.  Currently the intersections of the Midtown Greenway with James Avenue, Irving Avenue, and Humbolt Avenue are signed as 4-way stops.  In practice, relatively few users treat it . . . → Read More: Giving Trail Traffic Priority

Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

From the Mailbag:

Are there any laws regarding riding a bike at night? i.e.- are lights or reflectors mandatory? Is there any data that supports the idea accidents are more likely to occur at night verses other times of day (early morning or peak traffic times)?

Good question! I’m going to answer this in two . . . → Read More: Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

Difference Between Paths and Trails?

The terms path and trail are often used interchangeably.  However, many people will be surprised to learn that the two terms have different legal definitions, at least here in MN.  From MN State Statutes 169.11:

Subd. 6. Bicycle path. “Bicycle path” means a bicycle facility designed for exclusive or preferential use by persons using bicycles and . . . → Read More: Difference Between Paths and Trails?