Bicycle registration in Wisconsin is controlled by city ordinances. In Madison, City of Madison Ordinance 12.78(2) requires all bicycles used by Madison residents to be registered. Failure to do so could result in a fine and fees of around $50.City of Madison Ordinance 12.78(2)(d) requires bicycle dealers to register bicycles at time of sale.
Good reasons for registering your bicycle include:
-Bicycle Identification in Case of Theft
-Rider Identification in Case of Accident
-Independent Proof of Ownership for insurance claims
-Helps with Bicycle Planning
The cost is $10 for four years. You can register or renew online by going to www.madisonpay.com
According to the city of Madison, "Your chance of recovering a stolen bicycle without record of serial number or a registration is close to zero according to the Madison Police Department.
Over $300,000 worth of bicycles are stolen in Madison each year. Bicycle thefts in Madison accounted for over two million dollars in loss over the past five years."
Posted by Attorney Clayton Griessmeyer-Wisconsin Bicycle Accident Lawyer