Lombard is fortunate to have the Illinois Prairie Path and the Great Western Trail, as well as a quiet grid network of streets for bicycling. The recently adopted Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan identifies bicycle or pedestrian improvements that are located within a half mile of every resident in Lombard. Bicycles are a lawful use of all roads in Illinois unless indicated otherwise by signage, such as for expressways. Here are a few key legal points to be aware of:
Traffic laws apply to both bicyclists and drivers. (625 ILCS 5/11-1501 et seq.)
Bicycles must ride as close as practical to the right curb unless turning left or passing around parked vehicles, fixed objects, or other bicyclists. (625 ILCS 5/11-1505)
Bicyclists must not ride more than two aside except on bike paths or in bike lanes, and stay within one lane on roadways with multiple lanes. Bicyclists must also not impede normal and reasonable traffic movement. (625 ILCS 5/11-1505.1)
Motorists must provide a minimum width of three feet from bicyclists when passing. (625 ILCS 5/11-703)
Bicycles must be equipped with a white headlamp and a red rear reflector, and may also use a red rear light. New bikes must include side reflectors (e.g. on wheels) and a white front reflector. (625 ILCS 5/11.1507) The important thing is to see, and be seen!
Bicyclists must provide hand signals for stopping and turning. (625 ILCS 5/11-1511)
Bicyclists may use sidewalks in Lombard except in the Central Business District (downtown) and must yield to pedestrians. (Lombard Section 71.14)