MnDOT asks motorists, riders to safely share the road during motorcycle convention in Rochester

Published 5:48 pm Friday, June 14, 2024

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Motorists in southeast Minnesota will encounter increased motorcycle traffic beginning the third weekend of June as approximately 3,000 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association members visit Rochester for their national convention and meeting June 18-23, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Most of the planned activities are taking place in Rochester. There is also an honor ride to Preston on June 20 and a gathering in Faribault on June 21. Other rides are expected, so drivers will see additional groups of motorcycles across the region.

With a higher volume of motorcycles on the road, drivers and riders should follow these safety tips to keep everyone safe.

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• Watch for motorcycles. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge.

• Always look twice before entering a roadway, turning left, or changing lanes.

• Give riders room by maintaining a three-second (or more) following distance and double-check blind spots.

• Pay attention and drive at safe speeds, especially on corners and unfamiliar roads.


• Be prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding, keeping your speed in check and maintaining a three-second (or more) following distance.

• Wear the gear, preferably helmet to boots. Motorcyclists are highly encouraged to wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly colored protective gear for visibility and protection.

• Get trained. Rider training helps new riders develop better skills and earn a license, while returning and experienced riders can sharpen their skills.

• Don’t drink and ride. Every year about one-third of all motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders.

• Know how to navigate a curve. Here are tips to ride through curves safely:

— Slow down for the curve.

— Look through the curve.

— Countersteer​.

— Gently roll on through the curve.