Bike Safety

Bicycling is a popular means of transportation in Madison. The city and the University have done a lot to promote safe bicycling, including developing an extensive network of bike paths around the city and campus, which are marked with signs.

Bike Registration

Madison City Ordinance requires that all bicycles used in Madison be registered with the city. UW-Madison also requires that all bikes on campus be registered with the city, as well. Failure to do so could result in a fine. Register your bike here today. 

Lock Your Bike

The best way to prevent your bike from being stolen is to lock it securely. A U-shaped lock is strong then a cable/combination lock. All bikes should be locked to a bike rack when not in sue. Do not lock bikes to trees, sign posts, handrails, or picnic tables.

Bike Helmets

Helmets save lives. About 75% of those who die in bike accidents dies from head injuries; many more are permanently impaired. If you need help purchasing a bike helmet or have additional questions, contact the Community Police Officer. The Kohl's Safety Center at UW Children's Hospital sells youth and adult helmets for $10.00.

Other Bike Tips

  • Ride single file, on the right. There is a myth that you should ride facing traffic "so you can see cars coming." Don't. Go with the flow of the cars.
  • Obey traffic signs, laws, and signals. Often bicyclists fail to come to a complete stop at the curb or at STOP signs.
  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way. A minimum of three feet should be allowed between a bicycle and any pedestrian or vehicle it is passing.
  • Night riding requires special equipment: a light and a 2 1/2 reflector that can be seen up to 500 feet away. Lights are required if riding after dark. Wear light colored clothing.