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Call For Greater Safety Measures For Midtown Greenway Cyclists

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s not something you would expect to see out on a bike ride on the Midtown Greenway. On Wednesday, a bicyclist narrowly avoided a Molotov cocktail that was tossed from the bridge.

Though the bicyclist was not injured, the incident has prompted a meeting to improve safety measures along the bike path. Especially as It wasn’t the first time bikers have been targets on the Greenway.

Midtown Greenway Coalition Executive Director Soren Jensen said, while crime is rare considering the bikeway’s volume of riders, they typically see three to five incidents in any given year, ranging from rock throwing to robberies and assaults.

Jensen said the group will propose additional safety measures when it meets with city officials next week, including better lighting and signage, and properly-positioned police surveillance cameras.

Jensen says the Greenway does have regular safety patrols.

Police are still looking for the people responsible for the Molotov cocktail. They want bikers to be aware of the issue and pay attention to their surroundings on the Greenway.

Jensen says the Greenway does have regular safety patrols. Every year, about 1.5 million bike trips take place on that Greenway.

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