Shakopee is home to more than 80 miles of trails, including the Minnesota Valley State Trail, which connects to both the Louisville Swamp and Minnesota River Bottoms off-road cycling areas. In December 2014, the City Council created a Bicycle Advisory Committee with the goal of improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Shakopee. The city also applied for a Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists and intends to review and follow some of the recommendations from the League to improve facilities for residents and visitors.
Before you pedal, brush up on these safety tips for bicyclists – and motorists – from the Shakopee Police Department and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Follow the law. Obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Be predictable. Maintain a straight course and avoid weaving between parked cars.
- Communicate your intent. Look, yield to traffic and signal before turning or changing lanes.
- Use extreme caution near commercial vehicles. Pass only on the left and recognize drivers’ blind spots.
- See and be seen. Wear bright colors, reflective gear and use head and tail lights.
- Protect yourself. Wear a helmet.
- Always yield to pedestrians. Call out or ring a bell when passing a pedestrian on sidewalks and trails.
- Avoid distracted bicycling. Put away mobile devices and headphones.
- Be patient when passing a bicyclist. Slow down and pass only when it’s safe. Allow clearance of at least 3 feet.
- Look before you merge. Check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
- Be on the lookout. Watch for and yield to bicyclists before making a turn.
- Use extra caution around young bicyclists. Children’s movements can be unpredictable.
- Be respectful. Don’t speed past a bicyclist to make an upcoming right turn. It’s easy to misjudge how fast bicyclists are traveling.
- Exit your vehicle safely. Look for bicyclists before opening your car door.
- Think before you honk. Honking may startle a bicyclist and cause a crash.
- Stay alert and avoid distracted driving. Put away mobile devices, food and makeup.
Report a Problem
Report issues with city-owned trails at using the city's Report a Problem tool.