Anyone who enjoys riding their bicycle throughout the Chicagoland area knows the dangers that come with it. Chicago is working to become a more bike friendly city by adding bike paths and instituting a bicycle program.
The bikers have a duty to ensure their own safety. Chicago code requires bicyclists to ride “as near as practicable” to the right-hand side of the roadway. Additionally riding against traffic is a violation of the law and can prove hazardous to everyone on the road. Illinois law requires those under age 18 to use their helmets, but it’s still a good idea for adults to use them as well. The Illinois Department of Transportation estimates that 4,000 bicyclists are injured every year.
Bicyclist need to make sure that their bicycle is in proper working order, and has proper reflectors. In addition, bicyclists have all the rights and responsibilities given to the motorists and bikers need to obey traffic laws. This brochure from the Illinois Department of Transportation gives important information.
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