Bicycle riding on the sidewalks

Bicycle riding on the sidewalks

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resident

Frankfort, IL

#1 Jul 27, 2007
Cicero is quick to give a ticket to anyone who doesn't move a car on street sweeping day. However, Cicero doesn't enforce the the ordinance about riding of bicycles on the sidewalks.I'm not talking about children I'm talking about adults. When is the last time an officer even gave a warning? I walk the sidewalks every day for exercise and not a day goes by that I don't meet an adult riding on the sidewalk.
BER-wynnite

West Lafayette, IN

#2 Jul 27, 2007
Okay, now it's on! I am one of those adults you seem to think belong on the streets no matter what. I do not drive. Period. My bike is my car- 24/7, 365 days a year. I would LOVE to always ride in the street were it not for all the genius drivers who make it so difficult for me to do so. I live in Berwyn. Take Oak Park Ave., for instance. Parking is allowed on both sides of the street, thereby narrowing the area where I can travel. Between trying to navigate that, and all the cars with the tinted windows (which prevent cyclists from seeing who is about to exit their vehicle), and the regular buses, which need to pull up to most curbs, it is a lot easier to ride on sidewalks of busy streets! Have a little compassion for those of us who don't pollute the environment! I also use my bell to signal pedestrians that I am behind them. Based upon some of their reactions, I would say that too many people have negative attitudes towards cyclists, even when they ride slowly on the sidewalk and signal others. I think it's symbolic of a larger intolerance for anything different. Plus, some people just don't like to cooperate!
Norman Johnson

La Grange, IL

#3 Jul 29, 2007
resident wrote:
Cicero is quick to give a ticket to anyone who doesn't move a car on street sweeping day. However, Cicero doesn't enforce the the ordinance about riding of bicycles on the sidewalks.I'm not talking about children I'm talking about adults. When is the last time an officer even gave a warning? I walk the sidewalks every day for exercise and not a day goes by that I don't meet an adult riding on the sidewalk.
Gee, it's probably because the cyclists don't want to get run over by Cicero drivers, many of whom would like to kill someone.
garth

Cicero, IL

#4 Aug 1, 2007
People ride on the sidewalk because they do not want to become roadkill! Even with a helmet, if you are hit by a car, you can still be killed or even paralyzed!(your neck can be broken!) I see a lot of sidewalk bicycling and I do not mind it at all; in fact I think people are out of their minds riding in the street, especially a busy street!
garth

Cicero, IL

#5 Aug 1, 2007
In fact, I think everyone should be permitted to ride on the sidewalk, just as long as they are not slamming themselves into other bikers and/or pedestrians. That is why so many people put horns and bells on their bikes, to give an audible warning to whoever they want to pass. To ban bicycles from the sidewalk in an entire city means you might as well just make bicycles in general illegal in that city. Because Illinois drivers are THE ABSOLUTE WORST in the nation! The news about bad drivers is wrong; Illinois drivers are about 10 times worse than Miami drivers and they NEVER hesitate to weave crazily in and out of traffic, make sudden sharp swerves and accelerations, and do as much as 70 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone, and if one rear ends or broadsides a bicyclist at that speed, it's all over for him! And many drivers will not stop either, they'll just keep streaking down the road, minimal if any damage to their car, and not a single helping hand. At least if a motorist tries to hit a bicyclist on the sidewalk, he risks blowing out his tires on the curb and/or crashing into a tree or road sign, getting stuck, and causing far more damage to his car than a street impact would.
DALE ELLIS

Franklin Park, IL

#6 Aug 4, 2007
I agree with Garth.
Barry

United States

#9 Oct 1, 2007
Do any of you people actually ride bikes? Statistics show that it is safer for a bicyle riders who has knowledge about how to ride properly traffic fares better than those that don't. Sidewalk bike riding is bad news. The most important issue here is education; learn about how to ride right, and follow the rules of the road.
Don Quixote

Bloomington, IL

#10 Oct 12, 2007
I'd love to see more Children riding their bikes on the sidewalk , nothing bothers me more than sharing the road with a 5yr old , then I just wonder where the parents are and why they are unsupervised, usually I put my head out the window and give the toddlers an earfull , hopefully I scare them enough to make them think twice about using a street as a playground.

Once I brought my car to a complete stop because the kids were playing tag on bicycle , one boy had no idea he was going head on into a car ,when he finally turned his head and saw me he turned yellow and opened his mouth as he smashed into my fender , he was so lucky but I wanted to get out of the car and give him a kick in the ass.
Don Quixote

Bloomington, IL

#11 Oct 12, 2007
Barry wrote:
Do any of you people actually ride bikes? Statistics show that it is safer for a bicyle riders who has knowledge about how to ride properly traffic fares better than those that don't. Sidewalk bike riding is bad news. The most important issue here is education; learn about how to ride right, and follow the rules of the road.
Barry you sound like a public service announcement , the problem is that regardless of whether you ride on the street or sidewalk you must use precaution , riding against traffic is in my opinion the worst way to ride a bike but people disagree because they feel they can see car traffic better , problem is drivers don't expect a car going the wrong way down a street so they don't expect a cyclist either , I've seen many drivers pull out to turn onto a street and freak out when a cyclist is coming right at them , cyclist should definitely ride at safe speeds and use caution around Cars and Pedestrians.
Don Quixote

Bloomington, IL

#12 Oct 12, 2007
garth wrote:
Illinois drivers are about 10 times worse than Miami drivers and they NEVER hesitate to weave crazily in and out of traffic, make sudden sharp swerves and accelerations, and do as much as 70 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone, and if one rear ends or broadsides a bicyclist at that speed, it's all over for him!
Worse than Miami Drivers , I beg to differ.
I-95 South has way more idiots behind the wheel , the only difference is that Miami drivers are more defensive while driving because of all the Crazy drivers on the road in the first place.
kolla

United States

#13 Jun 27, 2008
strange.....I assumed it was AGAINST THE LAW for an adult to ride on the sidewalk????

...or is this the ..one law for bicycles and one law for cars..rule????
Biker

AOL

#14 Oct 17, 2008
Another highly annoying thing that happens all the time, especially in Illinois, to bicyclists that ride in the street is that they get whacked in the face, side, or rear by someone opening their car door, an incident more commonly referred to as "getting doored". I am sure that getting doored has also sent many numerous bikers to the hospital and has severely damaged many bicycles. As for adults riding on the sidewalk in Chicago, as far as I know it, it is only illegal on North Sheridan Road, Downtown, and most apartment/housing projects mainly east of Sheridan Road. Basically anywhere you see those signs that says "No Bicycling on the sidewalk." But then again, you really should detour around those areas all together, especially downtown and North Sheridan road with your bicycle. If you really must go through those areas, I would recommend riding in the alley.

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