Bicycles are considered "vehicles" on Wisconsin
roadways. That means bicyclists must obey the rules of the road like
any other vehicle and must be treated as equal users by all other
Bicycles are particularly vulnerable among road vehicles. There
are several simple things bicyclists can do to greatly reduce their
risk of crash, death or injury.
The best way is to avoid common bicyclist errors or to be
prepared to avoid common motorist errors committed around
The most effective way to prevent head injuries, is to wear a
properly fitting bicycle helmet. A helmet worn correctly, just above
the eyebrows, on every ride is the best defense against serious
injury in a fall or crash.
Beginning in April, WisDOT will host a series of workshops around the state
to provide training for trainers of bicycle safety. More information
about the workshops can be found in the following brochure.
A bicycle is defined by Wisconsin law as a "vehicle
propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels any two
of which are not less than 14 inches in diameter."
The legal definition of bicycle in Wisconsin does not include
very small two-wheeled bicycles, tricycles or motorized bicycles.
A bicycle is a legal vehicle whose operator is required to follow
all traffic laws. This means stopping for stop signs and red lights
if traveling in the street and riding on the same side of the road
as other traffic that is going in the same direction.
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