City of Madison moped ordinance effective 1/1/2018

In August 2017, the Madison Common Council passed a new City of Madison moped ordinance banning parking on sidewalks and terraces—the area between the sidewalk and curb. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, mopeds will be treated like motorcycles; they cannot park at or near bicycle parking areas. Only designated on- or off-street stall parking will be allowed. Property owners may establish terrace parking areas, which will be officially signed and designated for moped use. Currently, there are no established terrace public parking areas. For additional information on the ordinance and City of Madison moped permits, please visit the city’s Parking Utility site: The City has also published an updated informational brochure on moped and motorcycle parking.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison requires a moped parking permit and has designated moped parking areas throughout campus. On campus, you can only park in these spaces, and must have a valid permit during hours of enforcement. Moped parking is only for permit holders from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in all non-residential lots. Residence hall lots (only available to those living in nearby residence halls) are permit required from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mopeds are treated as vehicles on the UW-Madison campus and cannot park at or near bicycle areas or—for safety reasons—in gated parking garages/ramps. Mopeds cannot be operated on sidewalks, disabled access aisles, bike paths or other restricted areas. Moped operators must obey all traffic signs and signals and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Mopeds cannot be locked to or parked at utility poles, trees, bollards, railings, signposts, meter posts or fences. Improperly parked or abandoned mopeds are subject to citation, tow or impoundment.

Explore more details on UW-Madison moped permits and the  moped policy.