ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists may notice an increased number of bicyclists on central Minnesota highways Aug. 13-16 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Approximately 275 bicyclists will travel through Brainerd, Pine River, Crosby and Little Falls on several highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days. Bicyclists will travel from 60 to 80 miles each day. Support vehicles may also be on the road during the event.
MnDOT reminds all travelers to share the road and follow all traffic safety laws.
The law is clear—bicyclists and motorists shareresponsibility. Here are some “rules of the road” to improve safety for both bicyclists and motorists:
· Motorists should be on the lookout and watch for and yield to bicyclists before turning.
· Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
· Motorists must maintain a three-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist.
· Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.
· Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other.
· Bicyclists should communicate their intent by yielding to traffic and signaling before turning or changing lanes.
· Bicyclists must use head and tail lights when it’s dark.
· Bicyclists should always wear helmets and bright reflective gear.
· Motorists should stay alert and avoid distracted driving.
For more information about the 2015 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit www.bambiketour.org.