- Karen Bedeau
Minnesota Department of Transportation
District 2 Bemidji
3920 Hwy 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601
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MnDOT reminds public to share the road during local bicycling event
BEMIDJI, Minn.— The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be alert for an increased number of bicyclists on area Hwys Saturday, Sept. 24. The Headwaters 100 Bike Ride begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. in Park Rapids.
Bicyclists will use various state and county roads in Hubbard County, including Hwy 71 from Park Rapids to Itasca State Park and Hwy 71/200 to Lake George. Motorists must be cautious when approaching and passing bicyclists.
The law is clear—bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. There are eight “rules of the road” to improve bicycle safety:
- Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted — such as interstates.
- Bicyclists should ride on the road and must ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Motorists must maintain a three-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist.
- Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.
- Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other.
- Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
- Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark.
- Bicyclists should always wear helmets and bright reflective gear.