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What you can do to protect yourself while riding your bike in Chicago

Posted by David Nemeroff | Sep 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to an article from chi.streetsblog.org, pavement markings that were installed in 2012 in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in order to designate bike lanes and “Children's Safety Zones” are quickly disappearing, less than six months after installation.

These pavement marking were put in place to protect the thousands of Chicago bicyclists by giving them their own designated lanes. In the event that these line markings aren't properly maintained, bike riders must take steps to protect themselves while riding.

In Illinois, the laws that driver's must abide also apply to bicyclists. Bicyclists over 12 years of age are not permitted to ride on sidewalks unless it is designated and marked as a bicycle route. Therefore, when taking to the streets it is important to obey all traffic lights, signs and markings.

In order to ride at night, bikes must be equipped with a white light lamp on the front that is visible from a distance of 500 feet as well as a red reflector or red light on the back that is visible from a distance of 600 feet. Bicyclists should also take precautions to be as visible as possible. They are encouraged to wear brightly colored clothing, reflective vest or flashing light so that they are visible to motorists at night.

However, no matter how many precautions are taken, bike rider may still fall victim to negligent drivers. The Nemeroff Law Offices represent Chicago clients who have suffered personal injuries from bicycle accidents, or who may be a survivor of a cyclist who has died in a road accident as a result of the reckless or negligent conduct of another.

Contact Nemeroff Law Offices immediately at 312–629–8800 or complete our online contact form.

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David Nemeroff

In January 2012, David Nemeroff was voted one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the entire state of Illinois (out of 83,000 lawyers) by Super Lawyers Magazine...

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