Bicycle Safety

Girl riding a bicycleBicyclists are required to follow all traffic laws and be aware of others when riding. Below are some suggestions for bicyclists to consider in order to increase safety.

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Signal your intentions to motorists and other pedestrians.
  • Increase visibility. Consider using lights and reflective stripes on you and your bike, especially after dark.
  • Proceed with caution when crossing at street, trail, and driveway intersections.
  • Announce your presence prior to passing other bicyclists or pedestrians on trails.
  • Stop at stop signs and traffic signals.
  • Bicyclists are encouraged to ride on multi-use trails located along major roads throughout the City. Multi-use trails are asphalt trails and are generally 10 feet wide. Bicyclists should avoid riding on sidewalks when possible. Sidewalks are generally constructed with concrete and are 5 feet wide in residential neighborhoods. Children may ride on the sidewalks.
  • Ride on the right side of the road.
  • Always lock your bike when it is unattended.

Minnesota Local Road Research Board Educational Video

MN Bike Lanes: Learning to Share - Click to watch.