Yes, there are several special Illinois laws and administrative codes for bicyclists.
How Does Illinois Regulate Bicyclists?
There are several special Illinois laws and administrative codes for bicyclists. First, Illinois requires that only one person ride a bike. 625 ILCS 5/11-1503. There are, however, exceptions for adults carrying children in slings. Next, it is unlawful for a bicyclist to ride anywhere aside from designated vehicular roadways or bike trails. 17 Ill. Adm. Code 110.165.
Further, when riding slower than the flow of traffic, bicyclists must ride as close to the right curb or side of the street as is safe, except when passing another bike, when making a left-hand turn, or when necessary to avoid other obstacles. 625 ILCS 5/11-1505. Alternatively, on one-way roads, when there are two or more lanes, a bicycle rider may ride as near to the left curb as is safe.
While riding at night, a bicycle must be equipped with a white light on the front and red reflectors in the back. 625 ILCS 5/11-1507. It is against the law to ride without proper brakes. There is also a law regarding bicycle parking, which allows bicycles to be parked on sidewalks, where it is not prohibited, as long as they do not obstruct the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrians. 625 ILCS 5/11-1513.
What Are My Rights As A Bicyclists Vis-A-Vis Others?
In general, as a bicyclist, you have the same rights and duties as drivers on the road. 625 ILCS 5/11-1502. Therefore, you must obey all traffic laws that apply to drivers, like yielding to pedestrians or stopping at stop signs, for example. This includes a responsibility to pedestrians when propelling your bike on the sidewalk or a crosswalk, as well as giving audible signals to pedestrians before passing them. 625 ILCS 5/11-1512. Further, as a bicyclist, you cannot ride your bike where prohibited by official traffic control devices. Chicago prohibits bicyclists from riding on sidewalks unless the rider is under twelve years old. Chicago, Ill., Code § 9-52-020(b) (2008).
Want To Know More About Bicycle Laws In Illinois?
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