City of St. Paul Park 

on the Mississippi

Motorcycle Safety

Looking twice may save a Life!  Please watch for motorcyclists.



Here is what you can do:

  1. TURNING LEFT.  Most crashes between cars and motorcycles involve turning left at an intersection.  If you plan to cross traffic or turn left, please LOOK TWICE before your turn.
  2. BLIND SPOTS.  Motorcycles are easily hidden in traffic.  Always take a second look over your shoulder--don't rely solely on your mirrors for information. 
  3. WEATHER.  Rain and sun glare can make a motorcycle invisible.  Take an extra moment to make sure the way is clear. 
  4. SIGNALS.  Use turn signals to indicate your next move.  This allows the rider to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position. 
  5. LARGER VEHICLES.  Cars and trucks can conceal a motorcycle traveling behind it.  Take an extra moment after a larger vehicle passes before you begin your turn behind it. 
  6. EYE CONTACT.  Motorcyclists make eye contact often to feel confident that other drivers see them.  Please give a nod back to acknowledge them. 
  7. DISTANCE.  Motorcyclists prefer to use a large space cushion, allowing them more time to react.  Please do not cut in and eliminate the safe following distance. 
  8. SIGNALS.  Most motorcycle turn signals do not cancel automatically.  If you see a cycle coming, and the signal is flashing, please wait for the cycle to pass. 
City of St. Paul Park, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park MN 55071