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Report: Biking Safer, More Popular In Mpls.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new report shows safer biking in the Twin Cities as well as more riders and trails.

The City of Minneapolis Bicycling Account unveiled its first-ever report to the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday.

Between 2007 and 2011, the number of bicyclists in the city had increased 47 percent, according to the bicycling account.

The report showed not only had bicycle traffic numbers increased, but also the crash rate was down.

According to the bicycling account, the annual bicyclist-motorist crash rate was down from 10 percent to 4 percent of all bicycle commuters over the last 18 years.

The report also cited some of the improvements made to Cedar Lake Trail, RiverLake Creenway, Bryant Avenue and the Hiawatha Light Rail Trail connection.

In 2011, the city added 37 miles of bikeways, adding up to a total of 167. This puts the city 11 miles short of their goal to have 178 miles by 2015.

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