LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse Police Department has been awarded grants from the Department of Transportation to place additional patrols in the community. 

The grants focus on bicycle and pedestrian laws in hopes to reduce traffic-related injuries and make roadways safer for all modes of transportation. Some of that enforcement will include bicycle patrol, foot patrol, pedestrian and traffic enforcement with both uniformed officers and plain clothes officers. 

Officers will be placed in areas of La Crosse that have high traffic with bicyclists and pedestrian.

La Crosse police say these are some locations of concern in the city for pedestrian and bicycle safety:

  • West Ave: at State, Cass, King, Pine Street
  • Losey Boulevard: at Ward, Mormon Coulee road, corridor in general
  • Jackson Street: at 9th, 10th, Market Street
  • 4th and La Crosse Street
  • 7th and Cass Street
  • Campbell Road and State Street
  • Gillette Street and George Street
  • 33rd Street; No sidewalk area

 The goal of the project is to educate the community on the existing laws and ordinances to pedestrian, bicycle and traffic laws.

Here are some of the rules and regulations specific to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in the City of La Crosse:

  • Bicycling on sidewalks is allowed throughout the city, HOWEVER is prohibited in the downtown business district
  • Pedestrians suddenly moving into roadway (failing to yield to vehicle)
  • Pedestrian interfering with vehicle at controlled intersection (When crossing on red signal)
  • Vehicle failure to yield right-of-way.
  • Vehicle turning right on red light in front of pedestrian
  • Vehicle failing to yield to pedestrian when entering roadway from alley or driveway
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians shall obey traffic control devices-traffic lights, signs and symbols
  • Motorists shall yield to a pedestrians and bicyclist crossing within a crosswalk area
  • A bicyclist’s speed shall be no greater than reasonable and prudent when operating on a sidewalk or bicycle path
  • Bicyclists must yield the right of way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk/bicycle path and shall give an audible signal when passing such pedestrian
  • When riding in a street, bicycles shall ride with traffic in the same direction, as far right as practicable.  The three exceptions are for: overtaking and passing another vehicle in the same direction, making a left turn, and when necessary to avoid unsafe conditions in the roadway
  • Use of hand signals is required when turning and stopping
  • Bicycling at night requires the use of a white front headlight and a red rear reflector.  Front light must be visible to others from 500 feet away and the rear red reflector must be visible between 50 and 500 feet away
  • Bicycle registration is required
  • It is illegal to carry extra passengers on a bicycle (except a tandem)

Additional information can be found by visiting Chapter 9 of the Municipal Codes or going to Chapter 346 of Wisconsin State Statutes.