as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/24/2014 08:18am
A bill for an act
relating to transportation; traffic regulations; amending bicycle riding rules;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 169.222, subdivision 4.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 169.222, subdivision 4,
is amended to read:
(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall
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(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 conditions, including fixed or moving
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(4) when operating on the shoulder of a roadway or in a bicycle lane.
(b) If a bicycle is traveling on a shoulder of a roadway, the bicycle shall 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.
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