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.
Check out the moped page for more information on moped parking and permits. Questions? Contact us.