An interesting article caught our attention the other day over on the People for Bikes website. National blogger and Minneapolis Resident Jay Walljasper laid out some lessons on becoming bike “backlash free” like we are in Minneapolis. Does that give anyone else pause?
While we enjoy Mr. Walljasper’s columns, such as this one in the Huffington Post we aren’t quite sure that we are backlash free here in the Twin Cities. True, we aren’t experiencing the full-on, throw nails in bikes lanes backlash that cyclists in New York are, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our own bikes-aren’t-traffic rants from local columnists. Mr. Walljasper also noted that everyone in the city cheered when Minneapolis was named the #1 bike city in the US, but that is probably more of an issue of bragging rights, no different from the number of people in the cities who all of a sudden became big fans of UMD hockey Saturday night.
We agree that we do have a friendly climate (attitude not weather) towards cyclists here in the Twin Cities, is this the result of our efforts, or should we be waiting for the cycling backlash to make its way here?
Readers, what do you think? Are we backlash free here in Minneapolis?