WINONA, MN (WXOW)—Nearly 30,000 motorcyclists are expected to hit the road for this year's Flood Run.
The annual fall ride runs along the Mississippi and St. Croix River from the Twin Cities to Winona.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is urging everyone on the road this weekend to be extra cautious with the increase in motorcycle traffic.
Motorists are asked to double check blind spots for riders before changing lanes. The Department of Public Safety said motorcyclists should wear helmets and brightly colored protective gear.
"The motorcyclist really needs to anticipate drivers aren't going to see them and make your plan ahead of time. It's your life in your hands," Sgt. KJ McGraw, Minnesota State Patrol said.
So far this year, there have been 54 rider deaths in Minnesota.
There were 55 deaths in the state in 2012.
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