Wisconsin Bicycle Laws-Facing Green, Yellow, or Red Lights

Car vs. bicycle crashes are serious and violent.  At 35 seconds in the video below, a person can see what happens to the body of a bicyclist during and after colliding with a car.  Cars turning left in front of bicyclists are some of the most common car vs. bicycle crashes.

Oddly enough, according to the news report, the Madison police cited the bicyclist in addition to the driver.

Wis. Stat. 346.67 (a) Green.

1. Vehicular traffic facing a green signal may proceed straight through, make a U-turn, or turn right or left unless a sign at such place prohibits the turning maneuver, but vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent crosswalk at the time the signal is exhibited.

346.37 (1) (b) Yellow. When shown with or following the green, traffic facing a yellow signal shall stop before entering the intersection unless so close to it that a stop may not be made in safety.
According to the Wisconsin Driver's Education Handbook:

"Do not rely on traffic signals or signs to tell you that no one will be crossing
in front of you. Some drivers do not obey, or may not notice, traffic signals
or signs. At an intersection, look left and right, even if other traffic has a red
light or a stop sign. This is especially important just after the light has turned
green. This is when people on the cross street are most likely to hurry
through the intersection before the light changes to red. Individuals who
have been drinking and reckless or aggressive drivers may also run red lights."

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