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ATV / UTV Route Information

  Per Municipal Code #9.49, all streets in the New London corporate limits are open for ATV/UTV access EXCEPT for the following:

  • All of County Highway S
  • County Highway T / Mill Street (south of Beckert Rd)
  • All of County Highway DD
  • All of State Highway 54 / Fairview Dr

In addition to all State and County regulations, all ATV /UTV must obey the following regulations within the New London City limits:

  • As of April 1st, 2022, several original time of day and time of year usage restrictions were removed allowing ATV/UTV access 24 hours per day and 365 days per year on designated city streets/routes.  
  • Every person who operates an ATV/UTV on a segment of City road which is designated as an ATV/UTV route shall have in his or her immediate possession a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and shall display the license document upon demand from any law enforcement officer or official described in s. 23.33(12), Wis. Stats.
  • Every person who operates an ATV/UTV on a segment of City road which is designated as an ATV/UTV route, and/or every ATV/UTV operated on a segment of City road which is designated as an ATV/UTV route, shall carry liability, and/or other insurances consistent with Wisconsin state law for the operation of a motorized vehicle.
  • Operators must abide by all traffic laws unless further restricted by New London City Ordinance.
  • Operators will be held to the same enforcement, expectations, permissions, penalties, restrictions, in addition to all other standards adopted by Wisconsin. Statues., which apply to the offense of driving a motorized vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or other chemical agents which impair an operator’s safe use of a motorized vehicle, including but not limited to s. 346.63, Wis. Stats., Operating under influence of intoxicant or other drugs.
  • ATVs/UTVs may be operated on paved surfaces only, unless yielding the right of way.
  • All ATV/UTV operators shall ride single file.
  • No ATV/UTV may be operated on any designated route(s) without fully functional Headlights (turned on), tail lights, and brake lights.
  • ATVs/UTVs may be used for plowing snow, but must follow all regulation in Wisconsin state statue 23.33(4)(f)  and  23.33(6)(h) including displaying at least one or more flashing or rotating amber or yellow light(s) visible from every direction.
  • All ATV/UTV operators shall ride on the right hand side of the paved portion of the highway, unless making a left turn. Operation on the gravel shoulders, grassy in slope, ditches, or other highway right of way is prohibited, unless yielding right of way.
  • No ATV/UTV may be operated on any designated ATV/UTV route if the ATV/UTV does not meet all applicable Federal noise and air pollution standards.
  • No person under the age of sixteen (16) may operate an ATV/UTV on any segment of City road which is a designated ATV/UTV route unless accompanied by an adult.
  • No person under the age of eighteen (18) may operate an ATV/UTV on any designated route unless wearing approved protective head gear.
  • No person may operate an ATV/UTV with a passenger if the vehicle is not intended for a passenger.   
  • No person shall, while operating an ATV or UTV, engage in the practice of cruising on any authorized road. Cruising is defined as running all or part of the length of a roadway multiple times, per day, back and forth, for any purpose other than departing or arriving at their residence, or place of lodging, or departing or arriving, at a public boat landing.  ATV/UTV travel should be limited to going from point A to point B in a direct route.
  • Exhaust system/Muffler modifications prohibited. No person shall operate on a City route any ATV/UTV unless such ATV/UTV is equipped with an adequate muffler in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise or annoying smoke.
  • No person may operate or park, stop or leave standing an ATV/UTV vehicle while using a radio or other electric sound amplification device emitting sound from the vehicle that is audible under normal conditions from 75 feet or more, unless the electric sound amplification device is being used to request assistance or warn against an unsafe condition.
  • No person shall operate an ATV /UTV upon any street within the city with any person, trailer or sled attached or trailing said vehicle, unless it is designed for such activities. Anyone operating such conveyance in an unsafe or reckless manner shall be deemed in violation of this section.

The above list is not intended to be an all inclusive listing of ATV/UTV regulations, for a complete list of municipal regulations, please reference Municipal Code #9.49 by clicking here.