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Bicyclists to tour southeastern Minnesota Aug. 14-17

Mon, Aug 11th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on southeastern Minnesota highways Aug. 14-17 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to share the road and follow all traffic safety laws.

Approximately 275 bicyclists will travel through Preston, Peterson, LeRoy and Austin on several trunk highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days.

The law is clear—bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. 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 should wear bright colors and reflective gear and use head and tail lights.

• Bicyclists should always wear helmets.

• Motorists should stay alert and avoid distracted driving.

For more information about the 2014 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit

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

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