Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info


Safety education

We all must take responsibility to follow the law, pay attention and share the road to keep everyone safe.

When driving

  • Be patient when passing a bicyclist - slow down and pass only when it’s safe. Allow clearance of at least three feet.
  • Look before you merge - check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Be on the lookout - watch for and yield to bicyclists before making a turn.
  • Use extra caution around young bicyclists - children’s movements can be unpredictable.
  • Be respectful - don’t speed past a bicyclist to make an upcoming right turn. It’s easy to misjudge how fast bicyclists are traveling.
  • Exit your vehicle safely - look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
  • Think before you honk - honking may startle a bicyclist and cause a crash.
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted driving

When bicycling

  • Follow the law - obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Ride predictable - maintain a straight course and avoid weaving between parked cars.
  • Communicate your intent - look, yield to traffic and signal before turning or changing lanes.
  • Use extreme caution near commercial vehicles - pass only on the left and recognize drivers’ blind spots.
  • See and be seen - wear bright colors, reflective gear and use head and tail lights.
  • Protect yourself - wear a helmet.
  • Stick to roads and trails - sidewalk riding puts you at risk for crashes at driveways and intersections. Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Avoid distracted bicycling - put away mobile devices and headphones.