Share The Roads
When you ride your bike in traffic, you are a driver. Wear your "crash helmet." A bike helmet could save your life. Don't hit the road without a helmet.
Always follow the rules of the road.
- Ride Right- with the traffic, to the right side of your lane.
- Always look back, signal, check for traffic before you make any turn or leave your driveway. Otherwise, you may become extinct!
- Stop at all stop signs and lights, too. You are a driver now!
- Pedestrians get to go first.
- Yield the right of way, and keep a sharp lookout for danger in every direction at all times-just like car drivers do.
- Allow four feet between you and parked cars. A careless driver could be opening a door in your path!
- If you ride with your friends, don't hog the road.
- Two side by side is the limit.
- If the lane can be safely shared with a car, the law is "single file."
- Be courteous to faster traffic.
- Don't cause a traffic jam. Let them pass when it's safe, but hold your lane.
- Make sure your vehicle works the way it should. Check your brakes, tire pressure, and make sure the handlebars don't wobble-every time you ride.
- If you must ride when it's dark, be safe-BE SEEN. Illinois law requires your vehicle to have a white light in front and a reflector in back. Light colored clothing with reflective patches and reflective wheel strips also help you be seen.