The state of Minnesota offers great resources for bicyclists, including legal protections. In fact, bicyclists have the same rights and privileges as drivers of motor vehicles, except for specific differences that are clearly stated in the statutes. The reason that so many protections are set forth is that about 10 bicyclists are killed as a result of motor vehicles each year, according to the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
Bicyclists and motorists alike are responsible for the safety of bicyclists on the road. Drivers of motor vehicles are required to share the road with all other forms of transportation and must yield the right-of-way when required. Drivers should be on the lookout for bicyclists and keep in mind they are a in control of a vehicle that could cause serious damage, even death.
Here are some rules of the road and tips for the safety of bicyclists:
- Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, unless restricted
- Bicyclists should ride on the road and are required to follow the direction of traffic
- Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors
- Motorists must maintain a 3-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist
- Motorists should use caution when opening their door
- Motorists should look for riders when making turns