Play it safe as warm weather brings more pedestrian, bike, and vehicle traffic

As the weather warms up, the Minneapolis Police Department is urging all drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to use caution and keep an eye out for each other as more people begin to walk and ride bikes around town.

Drivers should watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians in crosswalks and bike lanes, and give bicyclists plenty of room when passing (state law requires three feet of clearance when passing a bike.) By sharing the road, folks can make sure everyone gets where they’re going safely.

Although state law gives the right of way to pedestrians, the City is urging pedestrians and cyclists to always be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution when there’s traffic around. It’s also a good idea to always wear a helmet when bicycling.

To prevent accidents, the Minneapolis Police Department has stepped up enforcement on drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who don’t follow the rules of the road.

Published Apr. 21, 2011