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I'm driving to my job in the Woodbury, Minnesota area driving on 494 heading east.

This is about a four lane highway with medians. We're talking 70 miles an hour,
interstate traffic.

At one point, the highway jogs to the northeast and heads into an area with a
lot of road construction just before Woodbury so the medians are blocked off
with cement barricades so you've got to pay attention to traveling 60+ mph
in this cement conduit. Dangerous if your're just a vehicle. But if you're a
bicycle?

I'm following behind a pickup truck and notice it's got a visibar with emergency
rotating beacons like the police have and I realize it's a county truck.

Anyway, he starts slowing down.
And slowing down.
And slowing down.

Eventually he's going below 15 miles an hour and he pulls over to the
side of the highway and stops altogether and turns his emergency
lights on.

I take this opportunity to pull around him and look at why he has
stopped.

In front of him, to the left of the blocked part of the highway is a guy
in his forties riding a relatively new Trek 7560 comfort bike pulling a
Burley trailer wearing a windbreaker, shorts but no helmet that I could
see.

On the freaking HIGHWAY!

In Minnesota you cannot ride your bike on heavily travelled interstate
type corridors like 494 or 35W. It's illegal I believe.

And he's pulling a Burley trailer! I couldn't tell if there was a kid in the
trailer or if he was pulling work-related stuff or doing a long distance
trip and couldn't figure out how to get from point A to point B without
riding on the interstate!

Has anyone seen anything like this? The very concept of riding a bike
in the driving lane of a interstate is a fatality waiting to happen. I couldn't
stick around and find out what happened but I think the pickup was trying
to get the guy to deposit his bike/burley into the bed of his truck and
give him a ride to where he could ride safely.

Brrr!!! Gives me the creeps just thinking about it. This from a guy who
was hit by a car going local street speed. Highway speed, forget about it?
You'd be road pizza.
 

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aliensporebomb said:
Has anyone seen anything like this?

Well, I saw some dope in full Mapei outfit- including cap WITHOUT helmet- riding (weaving, actually) down the middle of a busy 2-lane road during rush hour last night... musta been 20 cars stacked behind this knucklehead. I've also seen people riding on highways/interstates, but on the shoulder, so not nearly as bad as your guy or the dope I saw yesterday.
 

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Heh, that happened to me once. While riding on a road that went over a freeway I hung a right before I got to the overpass. It wasn't marked and it looked just like a residential street until it suddenly merged into the 75 mph freeway traffic. I just rode about a mile until the next exit. The road had a large shoulder so I didn't feel in danger, but I did feel like an idiot.
 

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Our local club racers run an 80mph paceline so they actually ride in the passing lane......

oh wait... I think I read that in the Lounge somewhere :D
 

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He has a point, though. Maybe the guy hopped on the freeway and despite all the evidence that he had made a mistake and was headed toward potential disaster, he decided to stay the course.
 

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Bad Choices

The guy's an idiot but you can imagine how he got there. I bet he was over in South St. Paul and needed to get over the river. I can picture him with his map out looking for a place a cyclist can cross. He's got two choices, downtown St. Paul and downtown Hastings. There's not a bicycle crossing for a full 20 miles around that portion of the river. Heck there's only one car crossing along that stretch and you were on it.
 
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