Cycling Tip: Ride to the Right

Wisconsin law requires bicyclists to ride “as close as practicable” to the right of the road. “Practicable” generally means safe and reasonable; it does not mean hugging the curb. You should ride far enough from the shoulder to be able to maneuver around debris or hazardous objects you come upon without having to swerve into traffic.

A major exception to the principle of riding on the right occurs on one-way streets with two or more lanes. In such cases, one should ride as far to the right or left as practicable. See Wisconsin state statute 346.80(2)(b).

Share & Be Aware materials were developed through a partnership between the Wisconsin Bike Fed and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety.

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