DRBC Legal Notes: Rules of the Path

August 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Bike Paths, Commuting, Legal Notes 

By Ross Seymour

Bicycling on trails.

Wisconsin has a short statute on how people are to use bike/ped paths.  Those rules are found at Sec.  346.803 of the Wisconsin statutes.  The rules apply to “Bicycle Ways.”  Bicycle ways are defined as any path or sidewalk designated for the use of bicycles by the relevant governmental body.  (Sec. 340.01(5s))  Bicycle ways are distinguished from bicycle lanes.  Lanes are for the exclusive use of bicycles while ways are not exclusively for bicycles (presumably to include pedestrians).

First, the bicyclist must exercise due care and give an audible signal when passing another bicyclist or a pedestrian.  Due care would mean giving a wide enough berth while passing or taking care to pass on a section where it would be safe.  While most bicycle ways around here have good sight lines there are a few places where you can’t see far ahead enough to pass safely.  On a regular road these sections would have “no passing” signs or markings.

The audible signal requirement actually comes out of the Rule of the Road for motor vehicles.  A little known requirement is that when passing another automobile, the passing car is required to give an audible signal while passing (presumable a toot of the horn).  (Sec. 346.07(3))  An “audible signal” is left undefined by the statutes. Read more

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Found Online May 2011

Found onlineFound Online is a collection of links to interesting articles and items we come across online. Most of these are also posted to our Facebook page throughout the month (be sure to like our page) as we find them and are put here about once a month.

 

League Announces Best New Bicycling Cities in the Nation

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The best biking cities of the East race toward Gold: Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. all receive Silver-level designations
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Bicycle Friendly Communities & News

May 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, Bike Lanes, Outreach 

The City of Onalaska, Wi submitted an application for Bicycle Friendly Status in the last round of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), Bicycle Friendly Community program. We are sorry to report that they did not receive this recognition but did receive and honorable mention. We hope for the opportunity to work with the city on achieving this status in the future, as well as working on Complete Streets. If your community is interested in applying the DRBC would be happpy to help.

The LAB has also just released the latest annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. This year Wisconsin slip from the number 2 spot to number 3, main based on the efforts of Maine, who was in a close 3 place last year and moved to number 2 this year. Wisconsin had held the number 2 spot for the past three years. Minnesota maintain its numbe 4 ranking for the second year in row. For more information on the program and on the scoring of the individual states go the LAB program website here.

On the blog Over the Bars in Milwaukee, Dave gives a great explanation for why Wisconsin dropped in the rankings. It’s well worth the read. the original article is here and an addition post is here.

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Good Bicycle Related Reads

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Education, Gear, How To, Lifestyle 

As some of you may know, by day I am a librarian, really I am. This means, in a very stereotypical way, I love reading as much as I love riding my bikes. When I can sit down in the evening after a nice long ride and read a book about bicycling pretty much all is right with my world. With that in mind I thought I would share a few of the titles I have read recently or my favorites, just in case you need something to read yourself.

The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance
By David Herihy, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. It is full of the romance of the bicycle that was at its height during the Victorian period. Frank Lenz sets out on a journey to bike around the world, this book recounts what is known of his journey and the search, although belated, to find him after he disappears in the Middle East.
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Local Cyclists Pedal for the Affordable Housing Crisis

May 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Advocacy, Lifestyle 

By Carolyn Dvorak – DRBC Member

Ramon Martinez, a Sociology student at Viterbo University, is joining a group of 32 bicyclists riding from Charleston, S.C. to Santa Cruz, CA.  They are part of a non-profit organization called Bike and Build, an organization located in Philadelphia, PA.  The staff of three includes two program directors and an executive director.  Their mission is to raise money and awareness for affordable housing and also to create a life time of service in young adults by using cross country cycling trips as the vehicle.

Ramon, who grew up in Firebaugh, CA, came to La Crosse from Sacramento University.       He has participated in many community service projects as part of his scholarship program.  AmeriCorps has been instrumental in providing him with opportunities to work with non-profit organizations, building the groundwork for service work, and connecting him with energetic people.  These experiences have given him the background to take on a new kind of commitment. Read more

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