Editor's Note: Taken from a press release by the Kendall County Sheriff's Office
Recently at a township meeting in Kendall County, the township officials voiced concerns that they had for the bicyclists that are disobeying the rules of the road.
The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind bicyclist that they need to obey the same rules of the road that apply to motorized vehicles. This is for the safety of the bicyclists and for the motorized vehicles. At the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office we care about everyone’s safety and well being. We have seen too many crashes involving bicycles in Kendall County and want to eliminate these from happening to anyone else.
Below are some of the more common rules to follow as a bicyclist as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State.
Obey all Traffic Laws and Signals and Remember:
- When riding your bicycle on Illinois roadways, you must obey the same traffic laws, signs and signals that apply to motorists.
- Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic. Riding in the opposite direction of traffic is both dangerous and against the law
- If riding in the dark, the law requires that your bike have a front white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet and a rear red reflector visible for up to 600 feet.
- You cannot ride more than two bicyclists abreast and you must ride as close to the right edge of the pavement as possible.
Also Motorists Need to Remember:
- Motorists are required by law to allow at least 3 feet of space between them and a bicyclist when passing.
For more information, see the downloadable copy of the Rules of the Road from the Illinois Secretary of State.