The state patrol is asking drivers to be cautious as thousands of motorcycle riders participate in the annual Fall Flood Run on Saturday along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.
The run will take motorcyclists between the Twin Cities metro and Winona.
Authorities are asking drivers and riders to be careful and aware to prevent any serious or fatal crashes during the run. Law enforcement agents will be out in force to help keep riders and motorists safe.
According to the state patrol, motorcyclist fatalities in the state are the highest they’ve been in several years, with 70 motorcyclists killed so far this year. There were 56 deaths at this time last year, 48 in 2020 and 39 in 2019, according to the state patrol.
“The Fall Flood Run offers great views and a great time for a good cause. But to keep everyone safe, we need riders and motorists to look out for each other,” said Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol. “With the heartbreaking pace at which motorcyclists are losing their lives on the road this year, we want riders to have fun but don’t ease up on safety.”