Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.

Bicycle safety resources

Bicycle Safety Action Guide: to help your community improve bike safety. Includes information on the extent of the bicycle injury problem, crash causes, special safety problems, coordinated community strategies, safety courses, helmet promotion, strategies for engineering/planning, enforcement, emergency response, and evaluation.

A variety of bicycle safety brochures and other materials are available through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), including:

  • BikeCare Bicycle Inspection and Maintenance
  • Bicycle Safety - What Every Parent Should Know
  • Street Smarts in the '90s - Roadsharing
  • Children and Traffic - Keeping Kids out of the Fast Lane
  • Police Improving Bike Safety Through Road Hazard Identification

Call (800) 455-7665 to receive a WisDOT publications request form, or download the Safety materials request form

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.

 

Additional safety materials are available free for school districts:

  • Basics of Bicycling (BOB) curriculum with interactive videotape and hands-on instruction for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Bill's Bike, a 1939 silent film (12 minutes) converted to video, about a youth getting a used bike and then learning and observing traffic rules. This is probably the world's first bike safety film.
  • A Kid's Eye View, a 1994 video (10.5 minutes) to help parents set bicycling rules appropriate for their children's age, with instruction of on-bike traffic skills.

Send requests for these videos to Larry Corsi, larry.corsi@dot.wi.gov

Wisconsin Department of Tourism publishes the Wisconsin Biking Guide with on-road and mountain bike tours, and touring trails-all picked with safety in mind. Call (800) 372-2737.

Dane County Bicycle Association provides grants (about $10,000 each year) to bike clubs and other organizations for projects that promote safety and the wider use of bicycles. Contact Susan Kavulich, (608) 831-2643.

Dean Medical Center's Crash Helmet program uses a comical character, Crash Helmet, for presentations to children, to help them understand the importance of bike helmets for preventing head injuries and saving lives.

Guide to Promoting Moderate Physical Activity, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), (800) CDC-4NRG (232-4674).

Physical Activity and Health; A Report of the Surgeon General (CDC) For sale by Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.

The CDC also hosts the National Bicycle Safety Network site, with lots of links and bike safety information.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a variety of bike safety resources.

The Federal Highway Administration provides information on their Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Web page. You can also order bicycle and pedestrian reports from FHWA through their order form.

National Bicycle and Pedestrian Clearinghouse, a program of the Bicycle Federation of America, acts as a central point of contact for federal, state and local agency staff, organizations and other professionals on bicycle and pedestrian programs and issues; (800) 760-8405.

Surface Transportation Policy Project supports transportation policies and investments that make communities more livable.

Wisconsin Information Network for Safety (WINS) - provides safety fact sheets from Safe Ride News (e.g., Kids on a Roll; In-line Skate Safety for Children), 1-866-511-WINS (9467), wins9467@sbcglobal.net

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (BFW) is a state-wide advocacy organization that fosters bicycling as a healthful and environmentally sustainable means of transportation and recreation. BFW provides bicyclists with information on recreational rides, safety tips and commuting skills, and educates bicyclists about transportation issues.

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking offers a biweekly e-newsletter Centerlines. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to Centerlines-subscribe@topica.com. The Center also has published a Web-based pedestrian safety publication. It includes engineering, education, encouragement, and enforcement sections.

Questions about the content of this page:
Larry Corsi, larry.corsi@dot.wi.gov

Last modified: January 30, 2014

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