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Bicycle Safety

Bicycles are an important and popular mode of transportation on campus. With the high volume of vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians on the campus it is important that bicyclists ride safely, and obey Illinois traffic laws.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission each year, there are about 900 bicycle-related deaths in the United States and another half a million bicycle-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms.

The best way to avoid accidents is to be prepared and be aware of other vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians around you. The University of Illinois Division of Public Safety encourages bicyclists to follow the following safety tips:

The following programs are designed to reduce opportunities for crime:

Illinois law permits bicyclists to ride on the road or sidewalk; however, bicyclist’s responsibilities/requirements are different for each. Persons operating a bicycle on a roadway are treated as “vehicles,” and are required to obey all of the traffic laws pertaining to vehicular traffic. Ride your bicycle as a car should be driven.

Persons operating a bicycle on the sidewalk are treated as “pedestrians,” and are required to obey all the traffic laws pertaining to pedestrians. In addition, when walking or riding your bicycle on a sidewalk you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing them.


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