RED WING to WINONA — The Minnesota State Patrol is asking motorists and riders to exercise caution Saturday along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers as thousands of motorcyclists will rumble down the road — on both sides of the rivers — during the 2021 Spring Flood Run.

The 56th annual charity ride is an event supporting Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, and typically attracts thousands of riders on routes between the Twin Cities and Winona, including U.S. Highway 61 on the Minnesota side and Wisconsin Highway 35 on the east side of the river.

While the Minnesota Department of Public Safety believes riders should take safety into their own hands, motorists also need to be aware of bikers and look twice. Law enforcement agencies in Southeast Minnesota, along with Minnesota state troopers, will be out patrolling the area during the event to ensure a safe riding environment.

“We want riders to enjoy the spring ride and make it home safely. That takes motorcyclists and other motorists working together to share the road,” said Lt. Gordon Shank, with the Minnesota State Patrol.

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