OPCR Quick Tip: Bicycle Lights

By Michael K. Browne, Assistant Director – Office of Police Conduct Review

Photography by Ryan Patrick

Photography by Ryan Patrick

Headed for a nighttime bike ride in Minneapolis? Make sure you’ve attached the appropriate lights to avoid getting or stopped by the police. Officers can stop bicycles much in the same way as they can stop cars. The State of Minnesota requires a white headlight for the front of the bike and a red reflector on the back during nighttime rides. Pop one on and prevent both accidents and tickets. 

Minnesota Law: 169.222(6) Operation of a bicycle:

(a) No person shall operate a bicycle at nighttime unless the bicycle or its operator is equipped with (1) a lamp which emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front; and (2) a red reflector of a type approved by the Department of Public Safety which is visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. 

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2 Responses to OPCR Quick Tip: Bicycle Lights

  1. Janet says:

    Why do you continually remove my comments? I think this suggestion about bike lights is not the responsibility of the Civil Rights Department to recommend. May I have a different opinion without being censored for it? This is NOT transparency, which you are so fond of congratulating yourselves on.

  2. integrity09 says:

    Well Janet, here is a for instance why this is a good CRD tip: A young gentlemen recently graduated from a highly acclaimed inner city school was stopped for no light, partially because he happens to fit a certain broad profile of known thugs in a certain section of town. It was not a how would you say “expected result” Had he known about this, the incident would have never happened. Reading between the lines. A good kid was profiled and is now scarred.

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