fennel wrote:Stebben is right, except that riding on the sidewalk is illegal in some areas. (Probably not on most of Sherman) A bicyclist can legally use any lane that a car can use.
It's illegal but the only person I know of who got busted for it tried to plow through a group of people with kids in front of a cop. ie, a complete idiot.
I use the sidewalk every time I think it's safer than the street, like on Sherman, on Fish Hatch over the beltline and on Monona Drive. I always give pedestrians a wide berth and dismount there's more than one person.
I consider the risk of a ticket a safer bet than the risk of a hospital bed and that's what I'd tell the officer while he wrote out my ticket.
That's what I'd do if I ever got one, anyway.