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Laws & Ordinances

We list these laws here to help you avoid problems and ride safely. It is important to note that state laws supercede local ordinances in all cases except those regarding sidewalk riding and bicycle registration. Some municipalities may still have older conflicting laws on the books.

In general, if you are older than ten, you are required to ride in the street. It is actually illegal in Milwaukee to ride on the sidewalk when buildings abut the walkway. This means its fine to ride down the sidewalk in your neighborhood with your 6-year-old, but don't ride the sidewalk in business districts. And when you are cycling on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk, you must ride at a pedestrian pace.

  • Milwaukee ordinances click here
  • Wisconsin State laws click here
  • South Milwaukee laws click here
  • Wauwatosa laws click here
  • Waukesha laws click here