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