City of Red Wing

Spring Flood Run

Wednesday, April 11 2018 4:42 PM
CONTACT:  Chief Roger D. Pohlman
PHONE:  651-267-2610 



Motorists Should Exercise Extreme Caution along Scenic River Routes 


Red Wing, MN — Thousands of motorcyclists will kick off the unofficial start of the Minnesota riding season during the “Spring Flood Run” Saturday, April 21. The route takes riders along the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona.

Motorists will need to use extra caution this weekend with as many as 30,000 motorcyclists riding between the Twin Cities and Winona for the event.

Motorcyclists and motorists can work together to make the Spring Flood Run a safe event. Riders should take safety into their own hands and motorists are encouraged to always look twice for motorcycles.

To ensure a safe riding environment, law enforcement agencies in Red Wing, including the Minnesota State Patrol, and county sheriff’s offices, will be out along the route. Some agencies will have extra enforcement to target speeding and impaired driving.  

“This event being the start of the riding season, riders should be doing everything they can to prevent crashes and keep themselves safe on this and every ride,” says Chief Roger Pohlman, “That means always riding smart, wearing the gear and being aware that other drivers might not always see you. Taking those steps every ride could save a life.”

Red Wing Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Center offer these safety tips for motorists and motorcyclists:


  • Watch for motorcycles. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance are more difficult to judge.
  • Always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes.
  • Give riders room and check blind spots.
  • Pay attention and drive at safe speeds. 


  • Be prepared for inattentive drivers by staying focused on riding and keeping your speed in check.
  • Wear the gear. Motorcyclists are highly encouraged to wear a DOT-approved helmet and brightly colored protective gear for visibility and protection.
  • Don’t drink and ride. One-third of all motorcycle fatalities involve impaired riders.
  • Take a training course. Training is underway at most MMSC training sites. Visit for information.
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