Thousands of motorcycle riders are headed into South Dakota for the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
South Dakota public safety officials say patience and cooperation between cyclists and drivers is important as they share the road.
There were 16 fatalities during the 2015 Sturgis Rally and last year’s rally drew a record crowd of more than 700,000.
Rally visitors are encouraged to visit the website southdakotarides.com.
The site includes safety tips, motorcycle laws and regulations and a virtual ride feature that gives novice riders or bikers unfamiliar with South Dakota roads a chance to study various routes and gauge the difficulty of the ride compared to their skill level on a motorcycle.
The Sturgis rally officially runs Monday, August 8th through Sunday, August 14th, but many riders are already arriving in the Black Hills.