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Minneapolis bicyclist takes morning cruise on I-694

A state trooper stopped the 57-year-old Wednesday morning in New Brighton.

A state trooper stopped the 57-year-old Wednesday morning in New Brighton.



Undeterred by the threat of rain, a Minneapolis man got up Wednesday morning and decided to take a morning bike ride. A possibly soggy seat should have been the least of his concerns, as his chosen route was far more hazardous.

Minnesota State Patrol was alerted to the nervy biker peddling among westbound traffic on I-694 over I-35W. Highway camera photos tweeted by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson show the 57-year-old man holding up traffic in the right lane around 6:20 a.m.

— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) August 19, 2015
Fortunately, his risky ride didn’t cause any accidents, according to a state patrol spokesperson. But in an extreme interpretation of “taking the lane,” the intrepid biker at one point moved to an inside lane.


A trooper stopped the man shortly before the Long Lake Road exit in New Brighton. Apparently unaware that highway biking is a no-no, the daring cyclist was given a warning and escorted off the interstate, Lt. Tiffani Nielson says. Had the brown-slacked enforcer been less forgiving, a ticket likely would have cost him $125-$145.

“A couple times a month we probably get calls for bicyclists on the freeway,” Nielson says.