Bicycle safety education

Children | Adults | Law enforcement

A wealth of bike safety courses tailored to suit diverse needs is available in Wisconsin.

Starting in April, WisDOT will host a series of workshops around the state to provide training for trainers of bicycle safety. More information about the workshops can be found in the following brochure.

Children

Check out community bicycle rodeos, on-bicycle instruction through parks and recreation or school or other educational programs, Effective Cycling Instructors through the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (BFW) and the League of American Bicyclists. Some schools offer Basics of Bicycling (BOB), a course developed by the Bicycle Federation of America. Contact Jennifer Laack, jenniferl.laack@dot.wi.gov, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

Adults

Check with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin for where and when classes are being offered for Road I or more advanced Adult Cycling courses. Even experienced bicyclists and bicycle safety experts say they learn something in Road I. Contact Jessica Wineberg, BFW Milwaukee office, (414) 271-9685.

Law enforcement

Check out WisDOT's Enforcement for Bicycle Safety (EBS), approved by Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Board for 12 hours Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) officer's credit. Course and manual teach all aspects of bicycle safety, and which laws to emphasize with child and adult bicyclists and with motorists to reduce crashes by up to 90%. Officer awareness of what bicycling is today and how to begin bicycle crash cause identification are a part of this course. Officer as front line, on-traffic-duty educator is key. Contact Jennifer Laack, jenniferl.laack@dot.wi.gov, WisDOT or Peter Flucke, WE BIKE® (920) 497-3196.

LEA's may also be interested in Policing By Bicycle training for officers. These courses do not emphasize citizen safety on bicycles, but do cover officer safety and health issues as well as all aspects of using a bicycle for the full range of policing duties. If LEA's are putting officers on bicycles for policing work, one of these courses should be considered for every such officer.

There are two certification programs:

  • IPMBA, International Police Mountain Bike Association, developed by the League of American Bicyclists. Wisconsin contacts include: Tom Sipin, West Allis Police Department; Dave Johnson, Oshkosh Police Department; and Peter Flucke, WE BIKE® (920) 497-3196.
  • LEBA, Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, developed by Paul Grady. Wisconsin contacts include: Sgt. Kurt Feavel, UW-Madison Police Department (608) 262-4520.

Wisconsin pedestrian & bicycle law enforcement training

WisDOT is hosting a free Wisconsin Pedestrian & Bicycle Law Enforcement Training in May in Madison, and Milwaukee. These two-day trainings are free and designed for law enforcement, including patrol officers, and training officers.

Questions? Please contact: Jennifer Laack, Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Program Manager at (608) 709-0066 or jenniferl.laack@dot.wi.gov