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News Release
Aug. 8, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
District 7, Mankato/Windom
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001


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MnDOT reminds public to share the road during local bicycling event
Approximately 275 bicyclists will tour southern Minnesota Aug. 18-21


MANKATO, Minn.— Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on southern Minnesota highways Aug. 18-21, for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to share the road and follow all traffic safety laws. 


Nearly 300 bicyclists will travel from Mankato to New Prague, St. Peter, New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Hanska, Butterfield and then back to Mankato during the four-day event.  


The law is clear—bicyclists and motorists share responsibility
There are eight “rules of the road” to improve bicycle safety:

  1. Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted — such as interstates.
  2. Bicyclists should ride on the road and must ride in the same direction as traffic.
  3. Motorists must maintain a three-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist.
  4. Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.
  5. Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other.
  6. Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
  7. Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark.
  8. Bicyclists should always wear helmets and bright reflective gear.



For more information about the 2011 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit For more information about the “Share the Road” bicycle safety education program, bicycle crash statistics and resource materials, visit



Editor’s note: For more information about the event, contact Lisa Austin on or before Aug. 17 at or 651-366-4193.





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