Aug. 27—Question: Does a bicyclist have to obey the same traffic laws as a motorist?
Answer: Thank you for the question. Sharing the road is always an important topic.
Yes, Minnesota Statute 169.222 states: "Every person operating a bicycle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle by this chapter, except in respect to those provisions in this chapter relating expressly to bicycles and in respect to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature cannot reasonably be applied to bicycles." This includes stop signs, stop lights, yield signs, etc.
Does a bicyclist have to dismount and walk their bike through a crosswalk? No, a bicyclist using a crosswalk does not have to dismount to cross the intersection, but in some cases this may be the safest option.
A person lawfully operating a bicycle on a sidewalk, across a roadway or shoulder while using a crosswalk has all of the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances. That includes not entering a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the vehicle to stop.
Any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trooper Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, 2900 48th St., NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848; or send an email to: Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us.