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Office of Traffic Safety

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Bike / Pedestrian Laws

Bicycle Laws

Bicyclists must:

  • Ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.

  • Obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.

  • Signal turns and ride in a predictable manner.

  • Use a headlight and rear reflectors when it's dark.

Motorists must:

  • Maintain a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.

Bicyclist statutes — 169.18, 169.19, 169.222, 169.223, 169.225


Pedestrian Laws

  • Motorists must treat every corner and intersection as a crosswalk, whether it’s marked or unmarked, and drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians.

  • Pedestrians must obey traffic control devices, and when no traffic control device is present, motorists must stop for crossing pedestrians within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.

Pedestrian statutes —  169.06, 169.202, 169.21, 169.212, 169.215, 169.2151, 169.222, 169.305, 169.31.