As part of Bike Month the Duluth Police Department is announcing plans for an event free and open to the public being held at the Public Safety Building, 2030 North Arlington Avenue. On Sunday, July 1st 2012 from 10:00AM until 2:00PM Duluth Police Neighborhood Officers will be hosting a “Share the Road” event which will include a bike safety course and a training to educate drivers and bicyclists on safe riding and bicycle laws. Twin Ports Cyclery has volunteered to do bike inspections before participants can ride the bike safety course.
The law is clear. Bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. Eight “rules of the road” to improve bicycle safety are:
- Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted — such as interstates.
- Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Motorists must at all times maintain a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist.
- Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists.
- Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right of way to each other.
- Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
- Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark.
- Bicyclists should always wear helmets and bright reflective gear
To learn more about bicycle safety in Minnesota, visit www.sharetheroadmn.org.