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Fequently Asked Questions

Q What are the rules regarding operation of ATVs on roadways?
A In general, ATVs may not be operated on highways. Rather, a person may only operate an ATV on the roadway portion of a highway in the following situations:
1. To cross a roadway.
2. If the roadway is seasonally not maintained for motor vehicle traffic. Operation of ATVs on roadways not seasonally maintained is authorized only: (a) during the seasons when no maintenance occurs; and (b) if the roadway is not officially closed to ATV traffic. 
3. To cross a bridge, culvert, or railroad right-of-way, but only: (a) if the bridge, culvert, or railroad right-of-way is not officially closed to ATV traffic; (b) the crossing is done in the most direct manner practicable at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing; and (c) the operator stops the vehicle prior to the crossing. 
4. The roadway has been designated as an ATV route. Operation of ATVs on a roadway which is an ATV route is authorized only for the extreme right side of the roadway, except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway which is safe given prevailing conditions.
5. The ATV is an implement of husbandry, used exclusively for agricultural purposes, and is registered for private use. Operation of an ATV which is an implement of husbandry on a roadway is authorized only for the extreme right side of the roadway except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway which is safe given prevailing conditions.
6. If the ATV operator holds a certain type of hunting permit for individuals with a disability and the operator is engaged in an activity authorized by the permit.
7. The roadway has been designated an ATV trail.
Q What are the rules regarding operation of ATVS on roadways, by persons under 16?
A A person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or an adult designated by the parent or guardian when operating an ATV either:
(1) on a roadway that is designated as an ATV route; or
(2) on a roadway that is designated as an ATV trail.

With limited exceptions, a person must be 12 years of age or older to lawfully operate an ATV. Therefore, a person who is 12 years of age or older may operate an ATV on a roadway:
1. To cross a roadway.
2. If the roadway is seasonally not maintained for motor vehicle traffic.
3. To cross a bridge, culvert, or railroad right-of-way.
4. If the ATV is an implement of husbandry.
5. If the operator of the ATV holds a certain type of hunting permit for individuals with a disability and the operator is engaged in an activity authorized by the permit.
Q Do I need to wear a helmet when operating on the trails?
A Protective head gear is required for any person under the age of 18 either operating or riding as a passenger. This applies to all motorized equipment.
Q As an adjacent property owner, can I cut trees or use the land along the trail?
A NO. The Pecatonica Rail Transit Commission administers the trail corridor. The trail property includes a 50 foot right of way - from center of trail on each side. If you have questions contact Harvey Kubly, chairperson (608.938.4610).
Q My ATV is registered with the Wisconsin DNR. Do I also need a trail sticker to use the trail?
A No, but the purchase of a $15 sticker does help to defray operational costs.
Q Can I ride my bicycle on the trail?
A The trail is open to bicyclists. However, in some areas the trail surface is quite rough - so mountain bikes are recommended. Also please be aware that that the trail is heavily used by ATVs.
Q Can my child who is under 12 operate on the trail?
A Anyone under 12 must be accompanied within voice contact by a parent, guardian, or person over 18 years of age. Operators under 12 must also operate a machine that is 90cc or less.
Q Can my child who is between 12 - 16 years old operate on the trail?
A Children who are at least 12 but under 16 may ride an ATV or snowmobile, unaccompanied, IF they have completed the Safety Certification Course.
Q Is there a speed limit on the trail?
A Yes! The trail speed limit is 30 mph, with 15 mph on bridges. ALSO - there is a 10 mph speed limit within city limits AND anywhere when operating within 100 feet of a person or dwelling.
Q Can I ride a go-cart on the trail?
A Go-carts are allowed (trail stickers are required) with the following requirements: roll bar covered with bright yellow or orange padding, head light and tail light on roll bar must be operating at all times, ground clearance of at least 9 inches, orange flag, and knob type tires. No homemade or reconstructed vehicles are allowed.
Q Who can issue citations on the trail?
A Any law enforcement officer or State DNR warden.
Q Do I need a trail sticker to ride my bike on the trail?
A Bicyclists 18 years of age and older are required to have a Tri County Trail sticker.



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