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Column: Bikers have rules of the road and sidewalk

Q: What are the rules for children riding bicycles in residential neighborhoods?

A: With summer fast approaching, this is a great question, also the Red Wing Police Department will host its annual Bike Rodeo 9-11 a.m. May 13 at the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center. We will have a bicycle riding course for young people to practice their signaling, stopping and riding skills.

Minnesota Statute 169.222 OPERATION OF BICYCLE, states that every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except in certain situations, such as when passing, turning left or avoiding obstacles.

• A person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk, or across a roadway or shoulder on a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal when necessary before overtaking and passing any pedestrian. (Reminder: you cannot operate a bicycle on the sidewalk in the downtown business district).

• No person shall operate a bicycle at nighttime unless the bicycle or its operator is equipped with (1) a lamp which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front; and (2) a red reflector of a type approved by the Department of Public Safety which is visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.

• An arm signal to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the bicycle before turning, unless the arm is needed to control the bicycle , and shall be given while the bicycle is stopped waiting to turn.

This information covers the majority of violations that we observe each summer, the main thing to remember is that a bicycle has the same rules of the road as any other vehicle operator. Reminder, do not ride against the flow of traffic, the law requires you to be on the right side of the roadway. And please review the link below to see all bicycle operation requirements.


1. Minnesota Statute 169.222 Operation of Bicycle, online at:

 Roger Pohlman

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