Encourage More Bicyclists by Bringing the Idaho Stop Law to Wisconsin
An important part of building a more bicycle friendly city, and for that matter state, is to update Wisconsin’s biking laws so that they in encourage more ridership instead of discouraging it. For example, in June 2009 Governor Jim Doyle signed a new “anti-dooring” law that corrected existing regulation which required bicyclist to ride three feet away from parked cars. This law actually protected drivers who opened their doors into bike lanes or streets without looking, which often results in injured bicyclists. In fact, in August 2008 a bicyclist in Madison received a $10 fine after being doored so badly the rider ended up in the hospital. The new law fines drivers $40 if they strike a bicyclist with the car door, and removes the three feet requirement. This change is just one example of the many small steps forward needed towards encouraging more biking.