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Bicyclist's lucky escape as he takes morning ride on I-694


A biker was lucky to avoid serious injury or worse Wednesday morning after traffic cameras picked him up cycling along Interstate 694 in the north metro area.

MPR News reports state troopers stopped the man on westbound I-694, near the interchange with Interstate 35W in New Brighton, shortly after 6 a.m. after he caused commuters to brake and swerve to avoid him.

Images taken from traffic cameras show the biker using both inside and outside lanes on the interstate.

State Patrol spokesperson Lt. Tiffani Nielson told KARE 11 that the cyclist was a 58-year-old Minneapolis man and he was accompanied by a trooper off the interstate and the Long Lake exit.

She said the trooper had expected to find someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but instead he was "just a normal, decent guy out on a bike ride."

This decent guy was lucky to escape intact, with the Star Tribune reporting at one point he was nearly struck by a tanker truck.

Bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles are prohibited on freeways, but the paper notes the state patrol decided against issuing the biker with a citation, instead leaving him with a sternly-worded warning.

It is the latest in a handful of recent incidents in which cyclists have taken to freeways in Minnesota.

A 14-year-old girl was led onto eastbound I-94 in St. Paul in June by Google Maps directions on her phone, with a male cyclist in his 20s or 30s going onto the same freeway the following day.

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