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Local incidents include Woodbury truck-on-bike crash

Authorities called on motorists and bicyclists to remain aware of one another last week, just days after Woodbury police responded to a vehicle vs. bicycle crash.

Though fatal crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians vs. vehicles were down from 2010, state officials on Oct. 7 reiterated a call for safety.

"Drivers must treat every corner and intersection as a crosswalk, whether it's marked or unmarked, and stop for crossing pedestrians," says Gordy Pehrson of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "As a pedestrian, continue to watch for traffic from all directions as you cross, including while in a crosswalk -- white painted lines don't protect you from distracted motorists."

Woodbury police responded Oct. 3 to a report of a car vs. bicycle crash at Woodlane Drive and Valley Creek Road.

The driver of the vehicle said he was stopped in the crosswalk while the bicyclist approached. The bicyclist used an arm gesture in an attempt to get the motorist to back up, but the driver said traffic behind him didn't allow it. The driver said the bicyclist rode his bicycle into the front of his truck. The bicyclist declined medical attention after sustaining a small cut to his leg. The motorist was cited for no proof of insurance.

At the current rate, Minnesota is on track for one of its safest years this decade for walkers and riders.

According to state data, there have been 18 pedestrian deaths this year, compared to 25 at this time in 2010. The number of cyclist deaths this year have been three - down from eight last year at this time.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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