Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 16, 2017

MnDOT cautions motorists as 300 bicyclists to tour Central Minnesota Aug. 24-27

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on north central Minnesota highways Aug. 24-27 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Approximately 300 bicyclists will travel through Walker, Bemidji, Park Rapids and Staples on several trunk highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days.  

MnDOT reminds all travelers to share the road and follow all traffic safety laws. 

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 in the same direction as traffic.
  3. Motorists must maintain a 3-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 2017 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit www.bambiketour.org.

For more information about bicycle safety education, bicycle crash statistics and resource material, visit www.mndot.gov/bike/education/.