Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MnDOT reminds public to share the road during local bicycling event

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on northwestern Minnesota highways Aug. 23-26, for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event.

About 275 bicyclists will travel from Park Rapids to Walker Aug. 23, to Pequot Lakes Aug. 24, to Wadena Aug. 25 and then back to Park Rapids on the final day of cycling.  

The Minnesota Department of Transportation 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 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 2012 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit

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