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Bicycle Laws and Ordinances

Whether riding a bike or driving a car, safety is everyone’s responsibility. When riding a bike, being smart and safe means riding predictably and following the law. When driving a motor vehicle, be aware and respectful of other road users and follow the law. Below is a summarized overview of select laws and answers to common questions regarding bicycling in Minneapolis. All referenced laws are found in Minnesota Statute § 169.222 unless otherwise noted. While the City of Minneapolis has endeavored to create and present an accurate description of traffic laws as they pertain to bicycle riders, to the extent that Minnesota Statute or any law conflicts with this guidance, the City of Minneapolis defers to the conflicting statute or other law.

Riding a bicycle

Bicycles, like cars, are vehicles as defined by Minnesota state statute. As vehicle operators, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as operators of any other vehicle on the road with certain exceptions (detailed below). This means bicyclists must obey all traffic laws including:

Exceptions to normal traffic laws for bicyclists

Bicycle equipment

Bicycle parking

Laws for motor vehicle drivers


Last updated Nov 27, 2018



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