Bicycle Safety

Biking Safety

“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. Biking SafetyStudies 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.