Tips for Biking in Minnesota (really Minneapolis)
1. Don't. If the weather doesn't get you, the drivers/pedestrians will.
2. If you must bike, follow the rules of the road. Don't ride on sidewalks (unless that's the short cut through campus ;-) , or there is no other safe way to ride). Use turn signals. Don't cut your fellow bikers off (cars either, for that matter).
3. Ride on the streets (cars are required to let us do so) and obey traffic signals (if you don't, you give the rest of us a bad name). Don't expect preferential treatment. At a four-way stop (I know, a Great Minnesota Standoff), take your turn as though you were a car.
4. Don't ride stupidly. Yes, bikes have more flexibility than cars in tight spots. That doesn't mean we get to do whatever we want just because we can.
Tips for Driving Around Bikes
1. PAY ATTENTION.
2. Drive. Don't hover in my blind spot...I know you're there. I'm probably more aware of my surroundings than you are.
3. You don't need to either speed by me as though you don't even know I'm there or creep around me giving me 3 cars' widths of space. Just drive.
4. Don't give me preferential treatment. I follow the same road rules you do.
5. If you are stopped in a bike path, move.
6. If you are doing something stupid, don't.