What You Still Need to Know

Governor Tony Evers of Wisconsin has closed most of the state parks as of April 9, 2020. We believe this was a difficult decision for him as he appears to understand the value and need for people to get out and stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, park vandalism, garbage, and a lack of physical distancing has caused him to make this difficult decision to protect both us and our parks. We can do better than this!

Fortunately, we can still walk, run, and bicycle on our roads, but let’s do it right, and with proper physical distancing. It is important to respect yourselves, each other, local laws and customs. Your safety and health, and that of the people around you, are of paramount importance. If local government and health officials are asking you to change your way of being active, please follow their instructions to the letter.  

Tips for using the road:

Bicyclists    

*Always ride in the same direction as vehicular traffic

*Signal turns in advance and show clear intent

*Stop, and then yield the right-of-way, at stop signs and red signals  

*Make turns from appropriate lane position and yield the right-of-way

*Yield the right-of-way when entering the road

*Wear bright colors and a helmet, lights on at night

Pedestrians

*Use sidewalks and trails when available

*Walk facing traffic

*Cross streets at intersections, use crosswalks – step into crosswalk, extend hand, make eye contact with motorist, cross when safe

*Obey all traffic control devices

*Yield the right-of-way when crossing mid-block

*Wear bright colors, use a flashlight at night

Motorists

*Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks

*Share the road with bicyclists

*Yield the right-of-way when entering the road and making turns

*Stop, and then yield the right-of-way, at stop signs and red signals  

*Pass bicyclists with a minimum of 3 feet 

*Obey speed limits

*Don’t drive distracted or impaired (drugs/alcohol)

Remember, there are inherent risks with bicycling and walking. Be smart out there. Don’t push yourself too hard right now or try something you haven’t done before. You do not want to hurt yourself and put even more pressure on our medical system. Protect yourself and others.

Follow the tips above. Remember:

It’s Safer, it’s Courteous and, it’s the Law.

About Tracy and Peter Flucke

We inspire people to explore the world by bike and foot through our cross-country bicycle adventures, and our book, “Coast to Coast on a Tandem.” This blog details our past trips and provides updates on our current adventure. Enjoy the ride! Tracy and Peter Flucke

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