Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
who want to enjoy the warmer weather at Fort McCoy with a bicycle ride
or use their bicycles as a mode of transportation on post are reminded
that following all traffic laws will help keep themselves and others
Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES)
traffic sergeant, said the regulations governing bicycle safety at
Fort McCoy are similar to those in the surrounding communities. Fort
McCoy, additionally, requires bicycle riders to wear an approved
bicycle safety/protective helmet.
difference is the use of headphones or earphones, whether as someone
using a vehicle or as a passenger, where legal, such as a motorcycle,
is prohibited within 50 feet of roadways," Modica said.
"This includes while bicycling, walking, jogging, or skating
(roller blading). This is intended so the bicyclists, walkers,
joggers, roller bladders, etc., keep their mind on the activity they’re
and other regulations governing bicycle travel can be found in Fort
McCoy Regulation (Army Regulation) 190-5.
bicycle safety helmets used on Fort McCoy must meet safety performance
standards established by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation for Motorcycle Helmets. Modica
said bicyclists also are encouraged to wear reflective or protective
clothing or equipment, whenever possible.
and approved safety helmets are for rent at the Fort McCoy Pine View
Recreation Area Equipment Check-Out Center, building 8053. For more
information, call 608-388-3517/2619.
helmets also are for sale at many sports stores and bicycle shops,
Modica said. Anyone using the streets at Fort McCoy to bicycle or any
other non-motorized activity also must wear reflective clothing from a
period of one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunset
and at all other times of reduced lighting/visibility and, as
necessary, need to have
a headlight and/or required reflectors. Reflective
clothing can be bought at the Fort McCoy Main Post Exchange, building
1538, the Welcome Center (vests and belts), building 35, and many
commercial sporting goods or department stores.
generally are governed like vehicles as they travel on roads, Modica
must ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as the
traffic. Modica said they must obey all the signage, including stop
signs, the same as motorists.
you’re riding a bicycle, or a motorcycle for that matter, on Fort
McCoy remember that vehicles may not always be able to see you and
ride accordingly," Modica said. "Bicyclists also must yield
to pedestrians crossing the street at crosswalks, troops in formation
or whenever in doubt, just as vehicles do."
that are parked at a vehicle rack or left unattended should be
secured, such as by a padlock or bicycle lock, he said.
more information or to ask questions, call Modica at 608-388-2044.