Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Share the Road - Bicycling

Bicycle safety is a two-way street

Orange barrels on a highway

Motorists

  • Be patient when passing a bicyclist - slow down and pass only
    when it’s safe. Allow clearance of at least three feet.
  • Look before you merge - check mirrors and blind spots before
    changing lanes.
  • Be on the lookout - watch for and yield to bicyclists before
    making a turn.
  • Use extra caution around young bicyclists - children’s
    movements can be unpredictable.
  • Be respectful - don’t speed past a bicyclist to make an upcoming
    right turn. It’s easy to misjudge how fast bicyclists are traveling.
  • Exit your vehicle safely - look for bicyclists before opening your
    car door.
  • Think before you honk - honking may startle a bicyclist and
    cause a crash.
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted driving - put away mobile devices, food and makeup.

Bicyclists

  • Follow the law - obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride in the
    same direction as traffic.
  • Be predictable - maintain a straight course and avoid weaving
    between parked cars.
  • Communicate your intent - look, yield to traffic and signal before
    turning or changing lanes.
  • Use extreme caution near commercial vehicles - pass only on the
    left and recognize drivers’ blind spots.
  • See and be seen - wear bright colors, reflective gear and use
    head and tail lights.
  • Protect yourself - wear a helmet.
  • Stick to roads and trails - sidewalk riding puts you at risk for
    crashes at driveways and intersections. Always yield to
    pedestrians.
  • Avoid distracted bicycling - put away mobile devices and
    headphones.