2 bicyclists in 2 days on I-94, 1 said smartphone GPS took her there

In the last two days, bicyclists have pedaled their way onto Interstate 94, prompting calls from concerned motorists and potentially, a hefty fine -- or worse.

On Wednesday at about 5:35 a.m., police escorted a bicyclist off the interstate near HOM Furniture in Maple Grove. Minnesota State Patrol officials say it's illegal to bike on the freeway, not to mention dangerous, and the offense typically carries a fine of about $125 to $145, which varies by county.

On Tuesday in St. Paul, a 14-year-old bicyclist told police she followed her smartphone GPS to eastbound I-94. Just after 8 a.m., she was near Highway 280 when several drivers called 911. A trooper escorted her off the freeway, too. She had made it to Cretin Avenue where her intended exit was to go home, and she also called her parents, the Pioneer Press reported.

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