If you’re among the many full-time cyclists in Chicago, it’s about time you got to know your code as it pertains to bike riding.
In case you were wondering…
“(a) Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of this state…” – Municipal Code of Chicago, section 9-52-010
That means stopping at red lights, stop signs, etc. More importantly, it means staying on the road.
This is one that I myself don’t always follow, especially on streets like North Ave., where the traffic is terrifying and the roads are generously pot-holed.
Perhaps it would be in my best interest to start adhering to those rules, as I could stand to face a hefty fine—in the event that I am riding on the sidewalk in a very specific place:
“(a) The penalty for any person age 18 and older who rides a bicycle on the sidewalk adjacent to North Sheridan Road, between West Ardmore Avenue and West Sheridan Road (6400 north) shall be as follows:
(1) the bicycle shall be temporarily disabled without permanent damage; and
(2) the violator shall be subject to a fine of $50.00.” – Municipal Code of Chicago, section 9-52-021
Why this specific area? Maybe the traffic is particularly light? Maybe there are lots of small dogs being promenaded up and down this affluent walkway? If anyone can tell me, I would love to know. Also, What do they mean when it says that the bike will be disabled? Is that like a boot or something?
The list of bicycling codes goes on, found here.