Human powered transportation

ROLLER BLADING, SKATEBOARDING AND BICYCLE SAFETY
AND BICYCLE LICENSING


Operation of roller blades, roller skates, and skateboards on private property without permission is prohibited!


Skating on the street must be done as far to the right side of the roadway as possible. Operation may be during day and nighttime hours (at night wearing reflective clothing and a white light to the front) and must be in compliance with state traffic laws. Skating/boarding is permitted on all city streets except the following:

  • State Highway 13/Veterans Parkway 
  • Highway 97 from State Highway 13 to northern city limits 
  • County Highway Y (Adler Road/Becker Road) 
  • County Highway H (East 29 Street and West 14 th Street) 
  • Oak Avenue from 14th Street to Upham Street 
  • Peach Avenue from 9th Street to the northern city limits in Marathon County 
  • McMillan Street from North Peach to State Highway 13/Veterans Parkway 
  • Upham Street from Highway 97 to St. Joseph Avenue 


Inline skates, roller skates, and skateboards are prohibited on the sidewalk and roadway on Central Avenue between Cleveland Street and 6th Street, including the sidewalks from Central Avenue to the alleys.


Bikes


Every year thousands of bicyclists are injured or killed while riding because of common errors. The following is a list of rules to live by:

  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs 
  • Look and listen before entering traffic 
  • Yield to vehicles in driveways when riding on sidewalks 
  • Look over your shoulder before changing lanes 
  • Wear light or reflective clothing at night 
  • Have a working headlight with a red reflector on the back of bike 
  • Wear a bicycle helmet 

All motorists, please remember Wisconsin law states that when overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, you shall exercise due care. It is important to recall that bicyclists may have obstacles to go around, causing sudden movements to which you, as a driver, will have to react. Also, bicycles do not offer their riders the physical protection that a car does. Any mishap could cause serious injury to a bike operator.


During the course of the year, the police department recovers numerous abandoned and stolen bicycles. If the bicycle is registered, owners can be located and bicycles returned. For this reason, Marshfield city ordinance requires the licensing of bicycles. Bike licenses are free and registration forms can be obtained at the police department Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Basic bike information includes:

  • Make 
  • Serial number 
  • Frame color and size 
  • Number of speeds