Bike Laws

Minnesota Bike Statutes

Section 169 – Condensed

  • On roadways, ride in the same direction as traffic ( 169.222, subd. 4b)
  • Ride as close as conditions allow to right hand curb or edge of roadway, except when passing a vehicle moving in the same direction, when preparing to turn left at an intersection or into a driveway, or when necessary to avoid objects or hazardous conditions (169.222, subd. 4)
  • Signs and signals that are displayed for motorists must be followed by bikers as well (169.222, subd. 1)
  • Ride two abreast only if not impeding normal and reasonable traffic flow (169.222, subd. 4c)
  • On trails and bike paths that cross roadways, obey all stop signs and warning devices (169.222, subd. 1)
  • Ride with lamps and reflective gear on at night and in dim light (169.222, subd. 6)
  • Only ride a bicycle with working brakes (169.222, subd. 6b)
  • Do not ride a bicycle if its size does not allow the operator to stop, support and restart the bike safely (169.222, subd. 6d)
  • When passing a bicyclist or person on a bike way, maintain a safe distance from the bicycle or person being passed (169.222, subd. 4e)
  • Do not hitch a bicycle to another vehicle for a ride (169.222, subd. 3)
  • Do not operate a bicycle with a greater number of users than the bike or attached equipment (baby seats, etc.) is designed for (169.222.subd. 2)
  • Do not carry things that prevent you from holding the handlebars with at least one hand or from properly operating brakes (169.222, subd. 5)
  • Do not ride a bicycle with handlebars that are above shoulder level (169.222, subd. 6c)
  • Hold arm signal continuously for 100 feet before turning or when stopped waiting to turn, unless arm is needed to control bicycle (169.222, subd. 8)
  • Use left arm to signal turns. When turning right, holding right arm straight out to right is also acceptable (169.19, subd. 8)

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