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Many bicyclists fail to realize how dangerous riding their bike on the sidewalks can be. They can believe that riding on the sidewalk is safer because the sidewalk is separated from motorized traffic. But, motorists often have their eyes on the road and are extremely likely to miss bicyclists, especially at intersections and driveways.
In addition, sidewalks can be dangerous for bicyclists because of uneven surfaces, gaps, poor maintenance, and pedestrians. If you are a Chicago resident and enjoy bicycling, you may be asking yourself “can I ride a bike on the sidewalk in Chicago?” Read below to learn more about biking laws in Chicago.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a motorist while biking in Chicago, call our Chicago bicycle accident attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for a free consultation at (312) 236-2900. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your damages.
In Chicago, adults and children who are 12 years and older are not permitted to ride their bicycles on the sidewalk. Chicago bicyclists who are 12 and older may only ride their bikes on the sidewalk if it is clearly marked as a designated bike route or as a means to enter the nearest street or a bicycle sharing station. If you are caught illegally riding your bike on the sidewalk, you will face a fine ranging from $50 to $200.
The City of Chicago has made bike riding on sidewalks illegal for anyone 12 and older because of the increased risk of an accident with pedestrians sharing the sidewalk. If you do ride your bike on the sidewalk because it has been labeled as a bike route, you are always required to give pedestrians the right away.
Whenever you pass a pedestrian, you should make them aware of your presence through a voice signal. Additionally, you should ride at a slow pace and walk your bike if necessary.
It’s important to understand that bikes are vehicles just like cars and belong in the street. If you are biking on the street and get hit while obeying traffic laws, you will most likely have a case against the motorist involved and their insurer.
If you get hurt in a bicycle accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, contact the Chicago bicycle accident attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We may be able to assist you in recovering compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us at (312) 236-2900 for a free, no-obligation case consultation.