Village of Dane, WI
Dane County
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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.
A. 
Street operation.
(1) 
Unless preparing to make a left turn, every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway carrying two-way traffic shall ride as near as possible to the right edge of the unobstructed traveled roadway. On one-way roadways, the operator of the bicycle shall ride as near as possible to the right edge or left edge of the unobstructed traveled roadway. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall exercise due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction, allowing a minimum of three feet between his bicycle and the vehicle.
(2) 
Every person, when operating a bicycle upon a roadway, shall ride such bicycle in single file.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 10-2-5(b)(3), pertaining to attaching a bicycle to a moving vehicle, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. Infant seats are permitted if securely attached to the frame at the top mount and to the axle and frame at the rear bottom mount and if provided with hand holds, foot rests, foot guards and safety belt. The use of a backpack for carrying an infant is permitted. Persons are not permitted to be located on a bicycle in front of the operator of the bicycle.
(4) 
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the safe operation of the bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
(5) 
No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars or feet from the pedals or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street.
(6) 
Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
(7) 
No person may operate a bicycle or moped upon a roadway where a sign is erected indicating that bicycle riding is prohibited.
B. 
Bicycle parking. No bicycle shall be parked in front of or adjacent to any commercial establishment unless the bicycle is parked on the sidewalk parallel to the street and as close as possible to the curb. No person shall leave a bicycle at such a place or in such a way as to create a hazard to pedestrians, automobile operators or to anyone else.
C. 
Required equipment. Every bicycle, when operated upon a highway, shall be equipped with a brake adequate to control the movement of and to stop such vehicle whenever necessary. Such brake shall be maintained in good working order at all times.
D. 
Display of license. Valid license sticker must be displayed on the bicycle so that it is clearly visible when such display is required by Village ordinance.
E. 
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 vehicles or any other similar vehicle on such highway.
F. 
Speed. No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions or in excess of any posted speed limit.
G. 
Operation on sidewalks.
(1) 
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.
(2) 
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.
H. 
Bicycle operation while hearing obstructed. No person may operate a bicycle upon a highway while such operator is using any audio device attached directly to the ear or ears of such operator that materially impairs the ability of such operator to hear traffic signals or warnings.
I. 
Mopeds prohibited on bicycle ways. No person may ride a moped or motor bicycle with the power unit in operation upon a bicycle way.
J. 
Riding bicycle on bicycle lane.
(1) 
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.
(2) 
Entering or leaving bicycle lane.
(a) 
Unless otherwise provided under Subsection J(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.
(b) 
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.
(3) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle lane shall exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider proceeding in the same direction.
(4) 
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.
K. 
Riding bicycle on bicycle way.
(1) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle way shall:
(a) 
Exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing a bicycle rider or a pedestrian proceeding in the same direction.
(b) 
Obey each traffic signal or sign facing a roadway which runs parallel and adjacent to a bicycle way.
(2) 
Every person operating a bicycle upon a bicycle way open to two-way traffic shall ride on the right side of the bicycle way.
(3) 
Every operator of a bicycle entering a bicycle way shall yield the right-of-way to all bicycles and pedestrians in the bicycle way.
A. 
Any person 16 years of age or older who shall violate any provision of this article may be issued a uniform traffic citation and be subject to the penalties provided by the Uniform State Traffic Deposit Schedule.
B. 
Any person 14 years of age through 15 years of age who shall violate any provisions of this article 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 costs 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.
C. 
Any person under 14 years of age who shall violate any provision of this article may be issued a special bicycle violation warning notice along with the following additional actions:
(1) 
First offense in one year: a warning letter sent to the parent or guardian.
(2) 
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.
(3) 
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.
(4) 
Fourth and subsequent offenses in the same year: mandatory referral to Dane County Juvenile Court.
D. 
All violations shall be determined based on the preceding twelve-month period to establish which violation has occurred.
E. 
Any parent or guardian of any child who authorizes or knowingly permits such child to violate any of the provisions of this article may be subject to the provisions of §§ 346.77 and 346.82(1), Wis. Stats.