Cyclists' Rights

Minnesota Laws

Right to ride in the road:  Bicyclists have a right to operate in the road, with all the rights and responsibilities of a motor vehicle (Minnesota Statue 169.222, sub. 1)

Full use of the travel lane:  Bicyclists have the right to take the lane of traffic if the street width doesn’t allow cars and bikes to travel comfortably side by side. You may also take the lane to make a turn and to avoid hazardous onditions like debris, broken pavement, and parked cars (a door azard). Otherwise you must keep to the right. (169.222 subd. 4)

"Dooring" is always the motorist's fault: No person shall open any door on a motor vehicle unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic. (MS 169.315)

Three feet of passing distance:  Minnesota Passing law requires that motorists pass cyclists with “in no case less than three feet clearance, . . . and shall maintain clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle . . . “

Minneapolis Laws

Riding on sidewalks: Riding on sidewalks is prohibited in all of downtown Minneapolis, in Minneapolis business districts, or where specifically posted. Riding on sidewalks is genearlly a bad idea anyway -- it creates safety hazards for cyclists by limiting visibility, and it endangers pedestrians.