ARTICLE VIII – BICYCLE REGULATIONS

          24-8-1        APPLICABILITY OF TRAFFIC REGULATIONS. 

          (A)               The regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated in this Chapter.

          (B)               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 the State declaring rules of the road applicable to vehicles or by this title applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as to special regulations in this Chapter and except as to those regulations which by their nature can have no application.

          (C)               Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic-control signals, signs and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer or sheriff’s deputy.

          (D)               Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left turn or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

          24-8-2        RIDING RESTRICTIONS.

          (A)               A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent or regular seat attached thereto.

          (B)               No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one (1) time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

          24-8-3        RIDING PROCEDURES ON ROADWAYS AND BICYCLE PATHS.

          (A)               Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

          (B)               Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

          (C)               Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.

          24-8-4        SPEED RESTRICTION.  No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

          24-8-5        PROCEDURE ON ENTERING PUBLIC WAYS.  The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk area, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway.

          24-8-6        RESTRICTIONS ON CARRYING ARTICLES.  No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars.

          24-8-7        PARKING RESTRICTIONS.  No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the bicycle or against a building or at a curb, in such a manner as to obstruct pedestrian traffic.

          24-8-8        PROCEDURE WHEN RIDING ON SIDEWALK.  Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

          24-8-9        LAMPS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT ON BICYCLES.

          (A)               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 five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation which shall be visible from all distances of one hundred (100) feet to six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle.  A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

          (B)               A bicycle shall not be equipped with, nor shall any person use any siren upon a bicycle.

          (C)               Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will adequately control movement of and stop and hold such bicycle.

          (D)               No person shall sell a new bicycle or pedal for use on a bicycle that is not equipped with a reflex reflector or conforming to specifications prescribed by the State on each pedal, visible from the front and rear of the bicycle during darkness from a distance of two hundred (200) feet.

          (E)               No person shall sell or offer for sale a new bicycle that is not equipped with side reflectors.  Such reflectors shall be visible from each side of the bicycle from a distance of five hundred (500) feet and shall be essentially colorless or red or amber to the front of the center of the bicycle provided.  The requirements of this paragraph may be met by reflective materials which shall be at least three-sixteenths (3/16) of an inch wide on each side of each tire or rim to indicate as clearly as possible the continuous circular shape and size of the tires or rims of such bicycle and which reflective materials may be of the same color on both the front and rear tire or rim.  Such reflectors shall conform to specifications prescribed by the State.

          (F)               No person shall sell or offer for sale a new bicycle that is not equipped with an essentially colorless front facing reflector.

          24-8-10      REGISTRATION.  All groups and organizations planning to use the County road system shall register the “bicycle ride” with the Sheriff’s office, if the number of cyclists is over five (5) people.  No group shall ride on the County roads unless they have the Sheriff’s permission.

[NOTE:  See Section 1-1-20 for Penalties.]