Minnesotans are bringing out their motorcycles for the first time this season. While the weather is perfect for riding, other factors make this time of year especially dangerous for bikers.
Two people are recovering and a third is dead after a car and two motorcycles collided in north Minneapolis. Investigators are still working on the details surrounding this accident, but what they do know is that speed and alcohol were not involved in this crash.
Five car crash-related deaths and 560 DWI arrests occurred during the Fourth of July holiday period, says the Department of Public Safety. During the holiday period – from Wednesday, July 3 at 5:30 p.m. through Sunday, July 7 – there were five people killed in four crashes. Three of the deaths were motorcyclists killed in two separate crashes on July 4 – the deadliest day of the year on Minnesota roads, according to DPS records. On the evening of July 3, a bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in south Minneapolis.
When you’re out driving, you’re more and more likely to see women on motorcycles. In the last 10 years, the number of women riding motorcycles in Minnesota has grown more than 58 percent — from 31,576 riders in 2002 to 53,784 in 2012. And one of the brands that is seeing the most growth is the one that is considered the most masculine — Harley Davidson.
On Wednesday morning, hundreds of motorcyclists from across the state converged at the Minnesota State Capitol. The group American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education wants lawmakers to give serious thought to motorcycle safety.
Some aren’t so much ringing in the New Year as they are wheeling in the New Year. Instead of running a race outside, they’re riding their motorcycles in a fun event.
Hundreds of motorcyclists set out to pay tribute to Minnesota families who have lost loved ones in the war since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
As warmer weather brings more motorcyclists out on Minnesota roads, Minneapolis police are urging all motorists to work together to prevent accidents.