Drivers in northern Minnesota will probably notice an increase in bicyclists sharing the road the next few days as the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event happens, August 15 through August 18.  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation estimate that approximately 300 people will take part in the ride.

The event begins and ends in St. Joseph.  Riders will travel approximately 60 to 70 miles each day, with a route that takes them through Sauk Center, Spicer, and Hutchinson - utilizing several state highways, local routes, and bicycle paths.

MNDOT reminds drivers to share the road when they encounter bicyclists; follow all traffic safety laws and make sure that you're not distracted.  In regards to "rules of the road", the law is clear that both bicyclists and motorists share responsibility.  Here are some specifics in regards to bike laws in Minnesota:

  • Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted, such as interstates.
  • They should ride on the road and in the same direction as traffic.
  • Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other.
  • Both must obey all traffic control signs and signals.
  • Bicyclists should signal their turns and ride in a predictable manner.
  • They must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark.
  • Motorists must maintain a 3-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist. It’s the law.

For more details about the 2019 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, click here.