Wisconsin law recognizes bicycles as vehicles. Bicyclists on the road have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. When biking, you must follow all laws that apply to a driving a car.
Here are some guidelines for safer riding:
- Check your bike before riding to make it’s in good working order.
- Wear a properly fitted helmet each time you ride. Head injuries cause 75% of bicyclist deaths.
- Wisconsin law requires a white front light and a red rear reflector (or light) for bicycling at night.
- Wisconsin law also requires that bicyclists ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Obey all traffic signs, signals, and road markings.
- Ride as far to the right as safe or reasonable. Do not hug the curb. Stay about 3 feet from the curb or parked cars. Ride far enough from the shoulder to be able to maneuver debris without having to swerve into traffic.
- Use hand signals to communicate with motor vehicles.
- Ride defensively and be aware of what is going on around you.
- Wear bright clothing while riding.
This list of guidelines is not comprehensive. Learn more about Wisconsin Bicycling Laws by visiting the Wisconsin Bike Federation or the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.