“Be visible and predictable at all times.” – League of American Bicyclists. The safest way to travel with a bicycle is by being visible and predictable.
Visibility includes being where motorists and others can see you and using appropriate lights and reflectors. State law requires a front head light and rear reflector when riding at night (see section 11-1507 of the Illinois Bicycle Code).
Predictability includes following the Rules of the Road as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code. Studies show that cyclists riding with motorized traffic in a roadway experience fewer crashes than cyclists riding on side paths or sidewalks along a roadway. This is due to the visibility of the cyclist at intersections and driveways.
There is a correct way to ride your bike, so please familiarize yourself with safe riding habits.