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Bike Safety

* You are not allowed to ride bicycles on the sidewalks in Uptown Normal.

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Make sure that all brakes, lights, reflectors, horn or bell, and other safety devices are working.
  • Obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.
  • Keep to the right side of the road close to the curb.
  • Learn and use the hand signals for turning and stopping.
  • Give pedestrians and vehicles the right of way.
  • Avoid riding after dark. If you must ride after dark, the bicycle must have a headlight and red taillight or reflector. Also wear white apparel that reflects light better.
  • Do not speed, race, or weave in and out of traffic.
  • Do not carry passengers or big packages.
  • Never hitch on to a truck, car, or other moving vehicle.
  • Always keep both hands on the handle bars, except when you need to signal a turn or stop.
  • Slow down at intersections.
  • Dismount and walk across dangerous intersections or streets.
  • Do not try to fit into narrow places or between two automobiles when you are on the road.
  • Avoid busy streets or highways. Bicycles are not allowed on most expressways, toll roads, or interstates.

Bike Safety Behavior Required by Law

Riding on bicycles - 625 ILCS 5/11-1503

  1. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
  2. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his person in a back pack or sling.

Clinging to vehicles - 625 ILCS 5/11-1504

No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.

Riding bicycles upon roadway - 625 ILCS 5/11-1505.1

Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than 2 abreast, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for their exclusive use. Persons riding 2 abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane subject to the provisions of Section 11-1505 (625 ILCS 5/11-1505}.

Carrying articles - 625 ILCS 5/11-1506

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the use of both hands in the control and operation of the bicycle. A person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.

Lamps and other equipment on bicycles - 625 ILCS 5/11-1507

  1. Every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front, which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear, of a type approved by the Department, which shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.
  2. A bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren.
  3. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will adequately control movement of and stop and hold such bicycle.

Inspecting bicycles - 625 ILCS 5/11-1509

A uniformed police officer may at any time upon reasonable cause to believe that a bicycle is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the person riding the bicycle to stop and submit the bicycle to an inspection and such test with reference thereto as may be appropriate.

2018-08-24T10:04:31.701-05:00 2018