Additional bicyclists on roads near Austin, July 23-24
AUSTIN, Minn. – Motorists should be vigilant of additional bicyclists on state highways and county roads near Austin on July 23 and 24, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Approximately 300 bicyclists will participate in a two-day Bike MS: Ride Across MN event, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, extending north and south of Austin.
On July 23, motorists should anticipate bicyclists on Hwy 56, Hwy 105 and various Mower County roads as the event route takes cyclists over 50 miles extending south of Austin and into Iowa. On July 24, the bicyclists will follow an over 60-mile route north of Austin, including Hwy 251, Hwy 30, Hwy 218 and various other Mower, Freeborn, and Dodge County roads.
Traffic control and safety needs are being coordinated with the Austin Police Department and State Patrol. Motorists can do their part by being vigilant for bicyclists, especially during these times.
Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted, and must obey all traffic control signs and signals. Motorists must maintain a 3-foot clearance when passing a cyclists and drive at safe speeds. Drivers should use caution and look twice when turning. Additional safety tips for bicyclists and motorists can be found on the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety websites.