Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 495.
§ 223-2Bicycle equipment.
§ 223-3Operation of bicycles.
§ 223-4Skateboards, skates and other play vehicles.
§ 223-5General regulations.
§ 223-6Violations and penalties.
The following definitions shall be applicable in this chapter:
- Every device propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels, any two of which are not less than 20 inches in diameter.
- BICYCLE LANE
- That portion of a roadway set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles and so designated by appropriate signs and markings by the responsible governing body.
- PLAY VEHICLE
- Any coaster, skateboard, roller skates, sled, toboggan, unicycle or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.
- The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
No person shall operate a bicycle upon a highway unless equipped as required in § 347.489, Wis. Stats.
The provisions of Chs. 346 and 347, Wis. Stats., and applicable Village ordinances shall govern the operation of bicycles where appropriate. Every person driving a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the state declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by the traffic ordinances of the Village applicable to the driver of the vehicle, except as to those provisions of laws and ordinances which by their nature can have no application.
Regulations. All on-street operation of skateboards, in-line skates (roller blades and roller skis) and roller skates shall be conducted as far to the right of the traffic lane as possible, in a single file and flowing with traffic. All operation of these skateboards, in-line skates and roller skates shall be during daylight hours unless the operator has a white light showing to the front and is wearing some type of reflective clothing or reflective strips on his/her clothing which can be seen from a distance of 500 feet to the rear and side. Further, all operation shall be consistent with rules of the road established for bicycles.
Yield to pedestrians. Operators or riders of skateboards, roller skates, roller skis, or other play vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to other pedestrians using Village sidewalks and shall not otherwise endanger or interfere with normal pedestrian traffic on those sidewalks.
Play vehicles not to be pulled by moving vehicles. No person riding upon any coaster, roller skates, skateboard, roller skis, sled, toboggan or play vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
Adoption of statutory provisions. Specifically adopted by reference are the following statutes regulating in-line skates and play vehicles:
|349.235||Authority to restrict use of in-line skates on roadway|
|346.94(17)||In-line skates on roadway|
|340.01(24m)||Definition of "in-line skates"|
|340.01(43m)(b)||"Play vehicle" does not include in-line skates|
Bicycles not to be pulled by moving vehicles. No person riding upon a bicycle shall cling or attach himself or his bicycle to any other moving vehicle upon a street or highway, nor shall the operator of any such bicycle tow or draw any coaster, wagon, sled, person on roller skates, toy vehicle or any other similar vehicle on such highway.
Operation on sidewalks.
No person over the age of 10 shall ride or propel any bicycle upon any public sidewalk or thoroughfare of the Village set apart for pedestrians, except bicycles having wheels sized 20 inches or under. This exception shall not apply to twenty-inch or under bicycles designed or modified to BMX specifications.
No person shall ride or propel any bicycle upon any public street, alley, boulevard or sidewalk of the Village in such manner as to interfere with the rights of other persons using such street, alley, boulevard, or sidewalk.
Riding bicycle in bicycle lane.
Unless two-way traffic is authorized by the Village Board on any portion of a roadway which it has set aside as a bicycle lane and appropriate traffic signs are installed, every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle lane shall ride in the same direction in which vehicular traffic in the lane of the roadway nearest the bicycle lane is traveling.
Entering and leaving lane:
Unless otherwise provided under Subsection D(2)(b) below, a person operating a bicycle may enter or leave a bicycle lane only at intersections or at driveways adjoining the bicycle lane.
A person may leave a bicycle at any point by dismounting from the bicycle and walking it out of the lane. A person may enter a bicycle lane at any point by walking his bicycle into the lane and then mounting it.
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle lane shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles in the bicycle lane. Upon leaving a bicycle lane, the operator of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles and pedestrians.
Any person 16 years of age or older who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a uniform traffic citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the Uniform State Traffic Deposit Schedule.
Any person 14 years of age through 15 years of age who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the deposit schedule and, upon conviction thereof, may be required to forfeit not more than $25 together with the cost of the prosecution, and in default of such payment the court may suspend the child's operating privilege, as defined in § 340.01, Wis. Stats., for not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days.
Any person under 14 years of age who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be issued a special bicycle violation warning notice along with the following additional actions:
First offense in one year: a warning letter sent to the parent or guardian.
Second offense in the same year: vehicle license stickers shall be invalidated by the Chief of Police for a period of not longer than 15 days, as said officer may deem necessary. The owner of said vehicle shall use neither this vehicle nor any other vehicle during said suspension.
Third offense in the same year: vehicle license stickers shall be invalidated by the Chief of Police for a period of not less than 15 days nor more than 30 days, as said officer may deem necessary. The owner of said vehicle shall use neither this vehicle nor any other vehicle during said suspension.
Fourth and subsequent offense in the same year: mandatory referral to St. Croix County Juvenile Court.
All violations shall be determined based on the preceding twelve-month period to establish which violation has occurred.
Any parent or guardian of any child who authorizes or knowingly permits such child to violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be subject to the provisions of §§ 346.77 and 346.82(1), Wis. Stats.