On average, 48 pedestrians and 8 bicyclists have been killed each year as a result of collisions with motor vehicles (2015-2019). During this time period:
- 73 percent of these fatal crashes occurred in urban areas.
- 31 percent of pedestrians and 30 percent of bicyclists killed had consumed alcohol.
- The most common contributing factor attributed to the pedestrian was darting or dashing into the roadway.
These tips can help you make the best decision of your life:
Bicyclists – obey all traffic signs and signals...
Obey all traffic signs and signals, just like you would if you were driving a car.
Ride on the road in the same direction as traffic.
Signal your turns and stops.
Use lights and reflectors when it's dark so that motorists can see you.
Pedestrians – never assume drivers will see you...
Obey all traffic signs and signals.
Cross only at corners, a marked crosswalk, or where a traffic light is present, never in the middle of a block.
Don't enter a crosswalk if an oncoming vehicle won't have enough room to stop.
When crossing the street, make eye contact with drivers to be sure they'll stop.
Use the sidewalk. If there isn't one, walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
Pay attention and look for additional cars while crossing the street. Never assume drivers see you.
Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing when walking at night.
Drivers – stop for a pedestrian crossing at any corner.
Never drive distracted.
Always drive the speed limit.
Look carefully for bikes and pedestrians, including small children and people in wheelchairs.
Take particular care in intersections, when turning, and when opening your door after parking on the roadside. Don't forget your blind spots.
Stop for a pedestrian crossing at any corner, even if it isn't marked with a crosswalk. This is the law.
When other vehicles are stopped for a pedestrian, don't pass them.
When passing a cyclist, give them at least 3 feet of space.
REMEMBER... it's not just you on the road
FACT: The number-one factor contributing to bicycle-vehicle collisions is failure to yield the right-of-way - by bicyclists and drivers alike.
Whether on foot, biking or driving, avoid drugs and excessive alcohol. They can impair your judgment as severely on a bike or on foot as they can behind the wheel.
Bicyclists Law Highlights:
Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted.
Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.
Motorists must at all times maintain a 3-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.
Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.
Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it's dark. To increase visibility, add a rear flashing light.
Drivers must drive at safe speeds and be attentive - look for bicyclists, check blind spots.
Drivers should use caution and look twice for riders when turning.
Drivers should use caution when opening their door upon parking on the side of the road.
Pedestrian Law Highlights:
Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.
Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.
Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense.
When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.
Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.