How to avoid a ticket: rules of the road for bikers

This time of year, a lot of people are outside. no matter if you're in a car or on the sidewalk, laws apply to everyone.

To help bikers avoid a ticket the Madison Police and a state bike expert spread the rules of the road.

Zach Barnes is spending his afternoon at University Ave. and Brooks St. He's a walking information booth for the the surrounding traffic.

"Our message goes out to drivers and pedestrians," said Barnes, the Central Region Director for the Wisconsin Bike Federation.

He's talking to bikers, and teaming up with Madison Police as they work to educate bikers on the rules of the road

Barnes' goal is to help all of those with two wheels and a kickstand, and he has a simple message.

"To me, it's about loving your ride," said Barnes.

He wants to encourage bikers to keep riding, but to do it safely. Even with a bike lane on University Ave. and Brooks St., the intersection near campus has a lot of crashes.

"A lot of the same rights and responsibilities that go with driving a car apply to driving a bicycle. So the message becomes drive your bike. Treat it not as a toy but as a legal vehicle," said Barnes.

As an avid biker himself, there's a few things Barnes sees missing from a lot of riders.

Make sure you have lights on your bike. If it's dark or foggy, cars and other bicyclists need to see you.

Register your bike. It's the law in Madison and will help locate your bike if it's stolen.

Know the rules of the road. Bikers must also stop at red lights and yield to pedestrians by law.

Madison Police bike patrols out every few weeks thanks to a grant.

They may give warnings and tickets, but most of all, but they say they really want to educate.

More information on rules of the road for bikers is at Wisconsin Bike Federation


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