Some time back, I discussed Minnesota Statute 169.06, which allows a motorcycle to stop completely at a red light, but to move on red if the light does not change for an ‘unreasonable’ amount of time and passage is safe. At that time, I said that I knew many bicyclists who used that statute, although there was no known application of the statute to bicyclists.
Turns out that the statute does not in fact apply to bicycles. During initial passage, the word bicycle was stricken from the statute.
Two bills currently in the Minnesota Legislature are working to change that – S.F. 2453 and H.F. 2616. They’re essentially the same bill, only one is the Senate version, one the House. If passed and signed – and it seems pretty uncontroversial – this would bring bicyclists under the statute with clarity.
It might not be a bad plan to contact your legislators and suggest a positive vote on these bills – just to be sure.