Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VIII - Bicycle Regulations

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.]

(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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

No per­son shall oper­ate a bicy­cle at a speed greater than is rea­son­able and pru­dent under the con­di­tions then existing.

(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.

(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.

(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.