Motorcycles

A motorcycle permit is required to use motorcycle parking areas. Motorcycle permits are available for purchase through our eBusiness portal. For motorcycle stalls by lot, see our lot stall information page or the 2017-18 Motorcycle Parking Map.

Starting Aug. 1, 2017, 2017-18 motorcycle permits (valid Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018) are available for purchase through our eBusiness portal. Permits purchased before August 21, 2017 will be mailed to the address confirmed at purchase. Permits purchased after August 20 (beginning August 21 at 12:01 a.m.) must be picked up at the Transportation Services office location at 21 N. Park Street after 11 a.m. the following business day.


Please see the Motorcycle Permit Policy for complete information on motorcycle parking on campus.

Mopeds

At the August 1, 2017 Madison Common Council meeting, a new citywide moped ordinance was approved, banning moped parking on sidewalks and terraces—the area between the sidewalk and curb. Mopeds will be treated as vehicles and may only park in designated areas. Parking is also not allowed at or near bicycle racks. The ordinance will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. For additional information on the ordinance and City of Madison moped permits, please visit the city’s Parking Utility site: www.cityofmadison.com/parking-utility. See below for information regarding moped parking on the UW campus.


Any moped on campus must park in a designated moped parking stall with a moped permit, in a timed parking stall with payment and within posted time constraints, or in a vehicle stall with a valid temporary permit displayed. Parking anywhere but within an appropriate stall as listed will result in a citation.

Moped parking permits are available for purchase online.


The online permit sales are restricted based upon University Residence Halls contract. Residence Hall contract holders will be restricted to select moped lots adjacent to their address of record. Non-residence hall occupants will not be able to select moped lots adjacent to Residence Halls. University Apartments (Eagle Heights) contract holders are not included in this restriction.


The following information will be needed to purchase a Moped permit:


  • Your moped license plate number and issuing State
  • Moped Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Moped Make/Model/Year
  • Shipping address
  • A valid MasterCard or Visa credit card

2016-17 moped parking permits (valid Sept. 1, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2017) are available for purchase through our eBusiness portal. Purchased permits will be available for pick up at the Transportation Services office location at 21 N. Park Street after 11 a.m. the following business day.


Starting Aug. 1, 2017, 2017-18 moped parking permits (valid Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018) are available for purchase through our eBusiness portal. Please read the 2017-18 Moped FAQ and the 2017-18 Moped Brochure before purchasing a permit.

Permits purchased before August 28, 2017 can be picked up at the Transportation Services office location at 21 N. Park Street beginning August 28, between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Temporary parking will be available for mopeds in Lot 604 next to Smith Hall during permit pick up. Permits purchased on or after August 28 must be picked up at the Transportation Services office location at 21 N. Park Street after 11 a.m. the following business day.

Additional information regarding mopeds on campus:

To clarify, do you drive a moped or a motorcycle?

A moped, sometimes called a motor scooter, is a motor vehicle capable of speeds not greater than 30 miles per hour with a 150-pound rider on a dry, level, hard surface with no wind. The power source must be an integral part of the vehicle and there should be a seat for the operator. A vehicle's engine must meet the following standards, based on its features, to be considered a moped.

If the vehicle has an automatic transmission, the engine must be certified by the manufacturer at 50 cubic centimeters or less or an equivalent power unit. This applies to most newer models bought in the United States. If you have a question regarding whether your vehicle is a moped or motorcycle, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

If the vehicle is equipped with fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power, the engine must be certified by the manufacturer at not more than 130 cubic centimeters or an equivalent power unit.

Any vehicle with a larger engine capacity is a motorcycle, regardless of its appearance. If you are unsure of the classification of your vehicle, check with your dealer or local DMV office.

Additional Moped/Motor Scooter Operation Information

Laws to abide by:

  • 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.

Where can I drive my moped?

  • On roads where the speed limit is 25 mph or less, two mopeds may operate side-by-side if both riders agree.
  • On roads where the speed limit is more than 25 mph, mopeds must ride single file.
  • On roads with two or more lanes in each direction, mopeds must operate in the right lane except when turning left.

Do I need to register my moped?


What are the Parking Fines for Moped Violations?


For more information, visit the following Wisconsin DOT websites:

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