You’ve probably noticed more and more people on bicycles around Minneapolis. Well, your eyes are not deceiving you. From 2007-2012 the number of trips made by bicycle in Minneapolis increased 56%. While bicycles are relatively new to our modern streets, we all must learn how to safely share the road with bicyclists. When driving your car or truck, you must look for bikes, especially when preparing for a turn.
While not checking for bicyclists before turning is illegal, it is more importantly a safety issue. Not doing so leads to crashes and injuries – we know this for a fact. Forty percent of bicycle crashes in Minneapolis involve a driver failing to see or yield to a bicyclist. Please anticipate bicyclists and be careful when turning.
Turning Across a Bike Lane
Do you know how to turn across a bike lane? Minnesota State Statute clearly states that you must yield to approaching bicyclists before merging into and turning across the bike lane (MN State Statue 169.19). The City of Minneapolis has added dashed lines to bike lanes to facilitate this maneuver near intersections. You would never merge into an adjacent travel lane without looking and yielding to approaching vehicles. Please remember to do the same for bike lanes and bicyclists.
Learn more about bicycle safety:
The facts - Read a comprehensive report on the causes of bicycle crashes in Minneapolis
Last updated May 10, 2013