Traffic Safety & Parking

Did you know: the most common factor in traffic crashes is human behavior and poor decision-making. The ultimate goal of traffic enforcement is to achieve voluntary compliance with traffic laws and regulations — and keep you and everyone on the roads safe!

Resources for Motorists

Safety on our roadways — on campus and across the state — starts with drivers.  Only YOU can prevent traffic crashes and wreckless driving.  Use the following links to learn more about vehicle and moped safety:


  • Keep your eyes and ears alert. Talking on your cell phone and listening to music can distract you and reduce your ability to hear oncoming traffic.
  • Cross the street at intersections and crosswalks.
  • Dress to be seen. Wear a bright piece of clothing at all times.
  • Don’t let hats and hoods impair your peripheral vision — you should be able to see on both sides.
  • Look both ways before crossing a street or intersection.
  • If a driver appears to not see you or slow down, stay where you are and don’t attempt to cross the street.
  • Contact SAFEwalk whenever you are walking alone at night.
  • Cars and scooters must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Biking on Campus

Biking on campus is a great, cost-effective, convenient way to get around — but it’s important to know the rules of the road to keep everyone safe.  Use the following links to learn more about bicycle safety, and getting around on campus:

Parking on Campus

The UW-Madison Police department is not responsible for coordinating or enforcing parking on the UW Campus.  For more information on campus parking, rules, permits, etc — visit UW Transportation Services online.