Now more than ever, bikers need to follow the rules of the road, and if not, Madison Police will take action.
To start off the fall semester, the Madison Police Department, along with University of Wisconsin Police, is giving citations to enforce bicycle safety. They say they will focus on downtown areas, especially intersections that are mainly used by college students.
On Wednesday, Madison police held their first patrol on the corner of State and Lake Street. Officers say they were successful at stopping violators. We ran into U.W. student Zachary Smith as he was being stopped by police. He says he was unaware that he was breaking the law. "I'm surprised, I thought that I didn't get off my bike on the mall area quick enough, but actually I coasted through the stop sign apparently, which I did."
Violators get the choice of paying a hefty fine, appearing in court, or attending a Bicycle Safety Seminar. Smith says he will take the seminar to avoid the $50 fine.