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Bike Lanes

Woman cycling in a bike lane with helmet and backpack on.

Milwaukee Department of Public Works is adding new bike lanes as streets are repaved and as grant money allows. 

The on-street bikeway plan identifies 145 miles of high priority streets for bike lanes. There are over 85 miles of bike lanes completed to date. 

No parking in bike lane examples with a note indicating if the law/ordinance is ignored the vehicle owner will receive a citation

Motor vehicles are not permitted to use bike lanes as travel lanes and only allowed to enter bike lanes in the circumstances described in state statute 346.94(12) DRIVING ON BICYCLE LANE OR BICYCLE WAY.

No operator of a motor vehicle may drive or park in a bicycle lane or bicycle way, except when entering a driveway, merging into a bicycle lane before turning at an intersection, or entering or leaving a parking space located adjacent to the bicycle lane or bicycle way. 

Illustration of proper way bicyclists and motorists should engage with each other on a road with bike lanes. Bicyclists should use caution in shared space areas. Motorists must yield to thru bicyclists.

Persons operating a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane or bicycle way must yield the right-of-way to all bicycles and electric personal assistive mobility devices within the bicycle lane or bicycle way.