Here are a few reminders for moped users, especially for those who will be new to the University of Wisconsin–Madison this upcoming fall semester:
- Mopeds must be registered and have a valid license plate to operate and park on campus. Mopeds not displaying a current and valid license plate may be cited and towed. Check with the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles for registration information.
- If you’ve just bought a moped, make sure the moped is correctly registered in your name.
- A UW moped parking permit is required to park on campus between 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residence hall lots have extended hours of control, from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- A UW moped permit is lot-specific, meaning during the above noted hours of control it is only valid in the designated lot and “all access” lots. See the moped parking map for a list of designated lots and their classifications.
Important state and local laws/ordinances to know
- It is illegal for mopeds to operate on sidewalks and/or in bike lanes.
- Mopeds are subject to all traffic laws, just like any other motor vehicle.
- Drivers must possess a valid driver’s license to operate a moped. You must obey traffic signals and stop signs, yield to pedestrians and slow down in school zones.
- It is illegal in Wisconsin for a moped to carry a passenger. Moped operators can be ticketed by UWPD for operating with a passenger.
- The City of Madison moped ordinance (effective Jan. 1, 2018) prohibits moped parking on sidewalks and terrace areas. Details available on the City’s Parking Utility site.