New MN bicycling handbook rolls out for spring cycling


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More people than ever before are riding bicycles in Minnesota. That’s why the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota — BikeMN — is rolling out the first-ever Minnesota Bicycling Handbook just in time for National Bike Month in May. The handbook is a comprehensive informational resource that equips bicyclists to safely enjoy Minnesota’s roads and trails and to know their rights. The handbook also provides guidance for motorists on what to expect from bicyclists and how to safely drive when bikes are around. 

“2016 was a challenging year for motor vehicle and bicycle crashes, and that really pushed us make this new resource available for free to all Minnesotans,” said Dorian Grilley, executive director. “There clearly needs to be more education for both motorists and bicyclists about how to share Minnesota’s roads and trails safely. We think this resource does just that.”

Many bicyclists feel that Minnesota bike law is not straightforward and that it can be challenging to ride a bicycle both safely and legally, especially given some of the nuances in state statutes around bicycling. The Minnesota Bicycling Handbook provides 36 pages of Minnesota-specific information and digs into the details of many complicated topics, such as lane positioning, roadway and bike lane markings, bike law, equipment, bicyclists’ rights and more. 

This is the first time all of this information has been captured and put in one place. BikeMN printed 20,000 handbooks and is in the process of distributing them across the state. The handbook is available to view, download and order at www.bikemn.org/handbook.

The 2017 handbook is made possible with support from American Heart Association, BlueCross BlueShield Center for Prevention, DERO, Hennepin County, Minnesota Department of Health, Pedal Fergus Falls, QBP, Twin Cities Bicycling Club, the University of Minnesota, We Bike Rochester and Willmar Bikes.

 

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