We’re teaming up with the Madison Police to help make bicycling and walking safer!

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is joining the Madison Police Department in an effort to step-up education and enforcement efforts, including bicycle and pedestrian violations.

Via the City of Madison:

The City of Madison has experienced 5 fatality crashes involving a motor vehicle. This is 5 too
many! None of the individuals killed were driving or were a passenger in a motor vehicle.
2 – were bicyclists
2 – were pedestrians
1 – was a motorcycle driver
So far this year:
In an effort to keep our streets safe and to reduce our fatality crashes to 0, The Madison Police
Department has issued over 13,000 citations to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Speeding
is the most cited hazardous offense, followed by fail to yield, and following too close.

Please keep yourself and your family safe and citation free by obeying all traffic laws and avoid
driving while distracted.

The Madison Police Department will be increasing traffic education and enforcement efforts
during the next few weeks as school starts and UW Madison students (approximately 40,000
students) arrive on campus.

In addition to speeding, impaired driving, and red signal violations, additional efforts will also
include:

  • Bicycle and pedestrian violations.
  • Vehicles failing to yield to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Madison Police will be teaming up with The Wisconsin Bike Fed to provide outreach and
education, tips to drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to provide a safer transportation

5 thoughts on “We’re teaming up with the Madison Police to help make bicycling and walking safer!

  1. It’s great to hear of the Bike Fed’s efforts. Over the weekend, I heard a radio advertisement by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation about motorcycle safety. It warned other road users of their responsibilities for maintaining safe distances from motorcycles and keeping an awareness for them on the road. Somehow, the motorcycle community has earned the attention of WisDOT, which is great. It would be smart, I think, for cyclists to join motorcyclists in safety education and awareness. Too often conversations about cycling safety devolve into culture war (see comments on most newspaper websites). With motorcyclists as partners in road safety, some of that negative and counterproductive talk might very well fall by the wayside in favor of real public conversations about respect, dignity, and safety on the road.

  2. Agreed – but what doesn’t help our cause is when a cyclist blasts through a stop sign or a red light. As a cyclist and a motorist, I appreciate both sides. I understand what it’s like when you are cruising along and “in the zone” and don’t really want to stop, but if we want to be treated just like any other vehicle on the road we have to behave like them and obey the road signs.

  3. I wanted to post an update! The event went really well! Madison Police on bicycles stopped bicyclists who were violating the law and we had some great educational opportunities through this effort! We engaged many students and young professionals whom it was clear simply didn’t know the law, which is certainly one of our greatest challenges with so many new students on campus each year.

    We also used this opportunity to enforce motorists yielding to bicyclists. Again, we used this as a learning opportunity as opposed to an enforcement opportunity, meaning tickets were not generally given.

    What I like the most about this event is that we paid equal attention to ensuring that ALL road users are following the law. We didn’t focus on motorists or bicyclists, but rather used this as an opportunity to improve understanding within both road user groups.

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