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The most dangerous Minnesota cities for pedestrians and bikers

The numbers are a reflection of a five-year span from 2012-2016.
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Data released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) this week noted that 12 of 100 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, a number that has since risen, involved pedestrians and bicyclists. 

The second known bicyclist to die on Minnesota roads in 2018 involved a woman biking on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake on Wednesday night. 

The first biker death of the year, which happened in St. Paul last week, sparked calls for greater safety measures for riders in the city, such as more protected bike lanes on certain roads.

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Cities including Minneapolis and St. Paul have been pushing ahead with wide-ranging efforts to boost facilities and pathways for bike users and pedestrians, recognizing the health and environmental benefits that both bring.

But it can almost come with dangers when sharing the road with vehicles, leading to the fatal and serious injury collisions we see every year.

The DPS has provided to Bring Me The News a list of road collisions involving bikes and pedestrians between the years of 2012 and 2016, from which we can determine which cities have the most dangerous roads for non-vehicle users.

In all, there were 228 pedestrian/bicyclist deaths on Minnesota roads from 2012-2016 (the latest data available from the MN DPS), and an additional 876 serious injuries. Add in the less serious injuries and the number skyrockets to 8,827 reports involving pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Pedestrian/cyclist fatalities 2012-16

  1. Minneapolis, 31
  2. St. Paul, 16
  3. Duluth, 7
  4. St. Cloud, 5
  5. Rochester, 5
  6. Brooklyn Park, 5
  7. Albert Lea, 3
  8. Richfield, 3
  9. Maplewood, 3
  10. Fridley, 3
  11. Coon Rapids, 3
  12. Brooklyn Center, 3
  13. Airport/Fort Snelling, 3
  14. Vadnais Heights, 2
  15. Shoreview, 2
  16. Ramsey, 2
  17. Minnetonka, 2
  18. Maple Grove, 2
  19. Mankato, 2
  20. Forest Lake, 2
  21. East Bethel, 2
  22. Burnsville, 2
  23. Cambridge, 2
  24. Bloomington, 2
  25. Blaine, 2
  26. Apple Valley, 2

Pedestrian/cyclist serious injuries 2012-16

  1. Minneapolis, 235
  2. St. Paul, 99
  3. Duluth, 21
  4. Rochester, 19
  5. St. Cloud, 18
  6. Winona, 12
  7. Bloomington, 11
  8. Brooklyn Park, 11
  9. Mankato, 11
  10. St. Louis Park 11
  11. Apple Valley, 10
  12. Blaine, 10
  13. Burnsville, 10

Pedestrian/cyclist fatalities and all injuries 2012-16

  1. Minneapolis, 2,981
  2. St. Paul, 1,194
  3. St. Cloud, 215
  4. Duluth, 191
  5. Rochester, 182
  6. Bloomington, 141
  7. St. Louis Park, 118
  8. Mankato, 106
  9. Brooklyn Park, 105
  10. Richfield, 86
  11. Coon Rapids, 84
  12. Blaine, 77
  13. Eagan, 76
  14. Apple Valley, 71
  15. Maplewood, 71
  16. Brooklyn Center, 69
  17. Maple Grove, 63
  18. Burnsville, 60
  19. Roseville, 58
  20. Eden Prairie, 51
  21. Edina, 50
  22. Hopkins, 50
  23. Anoka, 48
  24. Columbia Heights, 48
  25. White Bear Lake, 47
  26. West St. Paul, 47

The Travel Channel recently ranked Minneapolis as a top five cycling city in the United States, noting that the city has the second-highest number of bicycle commuters among large U.S. cities (Portland is No. 1). 

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