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Pedestrian Initiatives

Almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their day. People who walk are vulnerable users of the public right of way. The Bike Fed may not have “Pedestrian” in our name, but our staff and board have been fighting for safer places to walk for years. Through our Walking Wisdom curriculum, Vulnerable Users state law changes, and MilWALkee Walks the Bike Fed is involved in many ways to keep these users of our road safe.

Walking Wisdom Curriculum

Developed in 2005 as part of the Safe Routes to School curriculum this program is free to download and use for any school or non-profit organization. It is meant for K5-3rd grade and includes inside discussion and worksheets, a video, hands on intersection activity, and an outdoor guided walk with adults. Bike Fed staff have updated and improved this program over the years and are currently partnering with Milwaukee Public School staff to make the education alignments and activities even more robust. It can be downloaded for free here. If your school or community group would like a training on how to deliver this best to your community please contact our Education Staff.

MilWALKee Walks

MilWALKee Walks is a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible, and fun for all Milwaukeeans. We are dedicated to promoting walking and pedestrian infrastructure in Milwaukee, educating Milwaukeeans and local policymakers concerning the rights and needs of pedestrians of all abilities, and fostering the development of safe and vibrant environments for all pedestrians. Funded through a grant from WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety this program is focused on City Of Milwaukee pedestrian safety improvements due to high rate of crashes. Read more details on MilWALKee Walks here

Vulnerable Users

A bill strongly supported by the Bike Fed, which would increase penalties for careless drivers who kill or injure cyclists and pedestrians, was signed by Governor Scott Walker earlier today. (November, 2017)

The bill (Assembly Bill 201) increases penalties for a host of moving violations that are of particular concern to vulnerable road users like people who ride bikes and walk. It would apply to things like failure to yield to a bike, pedestrian or electric mobility device in a cross walk, failure to stop at an intersection or failure to yield while turning at an intersection (often referred to as a right or left hook).

Under current law penalties for these violations range from $20 to $300, but under the bill the penalty could be $500 if the violation causes serious injury and $1,000 if it causes death. The bill also requires that the driver’s license be suspended for three months in the case of serious injury and nine months in the case of death. And even when a violation does not result in a serious injury or death, drivers would be required to take a vehicle right of way course.

And of course all of that is in addition to any civil suit that might come as a result of the violation.

Thanks to so many of you who responded to a Bike Fed Action Alert earlier this month in which we asked you to contact  Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), the bill’s primary authors, to thank them for their efforts. While waiting for the Governor, Rep. Brandtjen’s aide said, “Man, you guys really can get turn your members out!”