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HF 1991

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/06/2017 05:10pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; modifying provisions governing bicycle operation and
stopping; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.222, subdivision 4, by
adding a subdivision.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.222, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Riding rulesnew text begin; general requirementsnew text end.

(a) Every person operating a bicycle
deleted text begin upondeleted text endnew text begin onnew text end a deleted text beginroadway shalldeleted text endnew text begin road mustnew text end ride deleted text beginasdeleted text end close deleted text beginas practicabledeleted text end to the right-hand deleted text begincurb ordeleted text end
edge of the deleted text beginroadwaydeleted text endnew text begin road,new text end except under any of the following situations:

(1) when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;

(2) when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway;

(3) when reasonably necessary to avoid conditionsnew text begin that make it unsafe to continue along
the right-hand edge
new text end, including new text beginto avoid new text endfixed or moving objects, vehicles, pedestrians,
animals, surface hazards, or narrow width lanesdeleted text begin, that make it unsafe to continue along the
right-hand curb or edge
deleted text end; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(4) when operating on the shoulder of a roadway or in a bicycle lanenew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (5) when stopping at or preparing to cross an intersection where the lane farthest to the
right in the bicycle's direction of travel requires or allows a right-hand turn
new text end.

(b) If a bicycle is traveling on a shoulder of a roadway, the bicycle deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin operator mustnew text end
travel in the same direction as adjacent vehicular traffic.

(c) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway or shoulder shall not ride more than two
abreast and shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned
roadway, shall ride within a single lane.

(d) 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. No person shall ride a bicycle
upon a sidewalk within a business district unless permitted by local authorities. Local
authorities may prohibit the operation of bicycles on any sidewalk or crosswalk under their
jurisdiction.

(e) An individual operating a bicycle or other vehicle on a bikeway shall leave a safe
distance when overtaking a bicycle or individual proceeding in the same direction on the
bikeway, and shall maintain clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or individual.

(f) A person lawfully operating a bicycle on a sidewalk, or across a roadway or shoulder
on a crosswalk, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same
circumstances.

(g) A person may operate an electric-assisted bicycle on the shoulder of a roadway, on
a bikeway, or on a bicycle trail if not otherwise prohibited under section 85.015, subdivision
1d; 85.018, subdivision 2, paragraph (d); or 160.263, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), as
applicable.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.222, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Riding rules; stopping. new text end

new text begin (a) A person operating a bicycle approaching a stop
sign must slow to a speed that enables stopping if necessary. After slowing, a person
operating a bicycle may proceed without stopping, whether to make a turn or continue in
the same direction, if (1) no pedestrian is crossing the roadway; and (2) no vehicle, whether
stopped or moving, is proceeding in a direction that constitutes an immediate hazard.
new text end

new text begin (b) A person operating a bicycle approaching a traffic-control signal displaying a steady
red indication at a T-intersection must slow to a speed that enables stopping if necessary.
After slowing, a person operating a bicycle may proceed without stopping if (1) the
movement does not require making a turn; (2) no pedestrian is crossing the roadway; and
(3) no vehicle, whether stopped or moving, is proceeding in a direction that constitutes an
immediate hazard.
new text end

new text begin (c) After a person operating a bicycle has stopped at a traffic-control signal displaying
a red indication, the person may proceed notwithstanding the red indication if (1) no
pedestrian is crossing the roadway; and (2) no vehicle, whether stopped or moving, is
proceeding in a direction that constitutes an immediate hazard. This paragraph applies to a
steady or flashing red indication, regardless of whether the illuminated red lens is circular
or an arrow.
new text end

new text begin (d) A person operating a bicycle under this subdivision must yield the right-of-way as
required under this chapter.
new text end