The Minnesota Legislature passed and Gov. Mark Davis signed into law several new protections for bicyclists that took affect August 1.
State Rep. Ron Erhardt, an Edina Democrat, and Sen. D. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, sponsored the legislation providing safeguards for bicyclists on Minnesota roads.
According to a summary at www.house.leg.state.mn.us, provisions include tightened restrictions on vehicles turning through bike lanes and vehicles passing through bike lanes; prohibited parking, standing or stopping in bicycle lanes; and language allowing bicyclists to ride in designated bike lanes and not only along the curb or edge of the road.
“Bikers will be able to use a wider range of equipment to meet nighttime bicycle lighting requirements and the sale of a bicycle without pedals will be allowed,” the website for the House of Representatives states.