Little-Known Red-Light Law That’s Only for Motorcycles and Bikes in Minnesota
I ride my bike very casually, I'm no pro biker. And I don't ride a motorcycle, so I had no idea this special Minnesota law existed for motorcyclists and cyclists. Apparently, there's a red-light law where motorcyclists and cyclists can ride through red lights! But only if certain criteria are met first.
As far as I know, I've never seen this happen and I've never done it myself. Granted I don't bike often (it's been years now) and I don't usually bike where there are stoplights. But if you ever notice someone do it, now you know it's legal.
According to Minnesota Statute 169.09 Subdivision 9, as long as a motorcyclist or cyclist does the following, it's legal for them to run a red light:
1. The bike or motorcycle "has been brought to a complete stop."
2. The light stays red "for an unreasonable time."
3. The light appears to be malfunctioning or if it's a light that uses a sensor to change the signal and it doesn't appear to have sensed the motorcycle or bike approach.
4. No vehicle or person is "approaching on the street or highway to be crossed or entered or is so far away from the intersection that it does not constitute an immediate hazard."
If all of these criteria are met, any motorcyclist or cyclist can ride through the red light. This can be very helpful in instances where the sensor doesn't pick up you or your bike/motorcycle. You'd be sitting there forever!
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