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Community Briefing

The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site


A bicycle is a legal vehicle whose operator is required to follow all traffic laws. This means stopping for stop signs and red lights if traveling in the street and riding on the same side of the road as other traffic that is going in the same direction. Bicyclists must be treated as equal users by all other vehicles.

Bicycles are particularly vulnerable among road vehicles. There are several simple things bicyclists can do to greatly reduce their risk of crash, death or injury.

The best way is to avoid common bicyclist errors or to be prepared to avoid common motorist errors committed around bicyclists.

Riding Tips:

Wear bright colors during the day and retro-reflective items at night along with headlight and taillight to increase your visibility to other road users.

Wear a bicycle helmet on every ride to reduce your chance of head injury in event of a fall or crash. Most serious injuries from a fall or crash are to the head and most frequently, the forehead, so wear helmet level with the ground, just above the eyebrows.

Be aware of changing road surfaces, new construction or unusual barriers on the roadway, distracters for both you and other vehicle operators.

Leaves can be slippery in the early morning and are a hazard even when slightly damp. Distractions such as dogs, wild animals and even humans can draw attention from the roadway and lead to a crash. Expect them.

Motorist Reminders:

Bicycles are vehicles. They belong on the road.

Cyclists need room to get around potholes, sewer grates and other obstructions.

Leave at least three feet when passing bicycles, more room at higher speeds.

Change lanes to pass any bicycle traveling in a narrow lane.

Train yourself to scan for fast moving (it's hard to tell speed) bicycles and motorcycles in the opposing lane to you when turning left, and scan sidewalks and crosswalks for pedestrians and bicyclists using the sidewalk and crosswalk as a pedestrian. Always scan to your right side sidewalk before you leave a stop light or stop sign and to the left and right side sidewalks when on a one-way street.

Speeding in Subdivisions - A Real Danger

With summer soon approaching and more people becoming active outdoors, it is imperative that drivers be more cognizant of their speed especially in subdivisions. Their will be more children outside, more people will be outdoors walking, jogging, riding bicycles, out with their pets, doing yard work or simply outside enjoying day Even traveling at the residential speed limit of 25 mph, a car covers 36.66 feet per second. Most people require one to three seconds to react. Under these circumstances, a car will travel between 37 and 110 feet before a driver reacts. This does not take into account the mechanical condition, brakes, tires, etc, of the vehicle driven or weather conditions. This means that when driving the speed limit, reacting within one second with a perfectly tuned vehicle on a dry sunny day your vehicle will travel up to 37 feet before stopping.

If you need to get somewhere, leave a little early to give yourself enough time to get to you location safely. Drive safe and have a pleasant summer.

Traffic Speed Monitoring - Speed Trailer

The Brown Deer Police Department has a speed trailer that has the ability to count traffic, detect speed and it maintains date and times of vehicle traffic so the police department can direct their enforcement actions consistent with vehicle traffic patterns. The speed trailer can also be used for traffic counts for other Village departments to determine if there is a need for street changes or possible sign changes. For more information or questions regarding the speed trailer or a request for the trailer to be temporarily placed on a road in your area (within the Village) call the Police Department at 371-2900

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