300 bicyclists to tour northern Minnesota area

Published 10:08 pm Thursday, August 2, 2018

Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on northern Minnesota highways Aug. 9-12 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The ride will begin and end in Hoyt Lakes. Approximately 300 bicyclists will travel through Chisholm, Grand Rapids and Hibbing on several state highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days. Bicyclists will ride 60 to 70 miles each day.

MnDOT reminds all travelers to share the road, follow all traffic safety laws and not drive distracted.

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The law is clear — bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. Here are some traffic safety considerations for people bicycling and driving:

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.

They 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 signal their turns and ride in a predictable manner.

They must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark.

They should always wear helmets and bright reflective gear.

Motorists must maintain a 3-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist. It’s the law.

For more information about the 2018 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit bambiketour.org/bam-2018-tour.

For more information about bicycle safety education, bicycle crash statistics and resource material, visit www.mndot.gov/bike/education.