Most adults learned how to ride a bike when they were kids. For many of us, there’s more to learn! Those who expand their knowledge of safe bicycling practices have better safety records and are more confident riding on streets to more places. A great place to start is our Bike Safety Quiz, which helps you discover what you don’t know—and fills in the gaps with illustrated explanations.
Safety isn’t the only concern for adult cyclists. Bicycling can be a terrific way to commute to work, run errands, and skip the parking quagmires around popular destinations. Figuring out how to dress, carry items, handle inclement weather, and select pleasant routes can help you get the most from your bicycle.
A bike that is the right size and type for your needs is a bike that will actually get used. A petite woman might need smaller than standard brake levers. A parent who uses a trailer for the trip to day care might prefer a sturdy, upright bicycle to manage the load and increase visibility. A year-round long distance commuter might combine the speed of a road bike with the utility of fenders and waterproof panniers. A local bike shop can help you find the right fit and accessories to suit your travel needs.
The Illinois Vehicle Code states: Bicyclists riding on a highway are granted all of the rights and are subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, with certain exceptions. In other words: Same roads, same rights and responsibilities. BikeSafetyTips will help you ride safely, comfortably, and legally. Download our wallet-sized Bike Law Card for the main state statutes affecting bike riders.
We like to say that the road network is the bike network. Except where expressly prohibited, people can and do ride bicycles everywhere, from calm rural roads, to busy state routes, to congested downtowns. Ride Illinois works to make our state a better place for people ranging in comfort level and trips ranging in purpose. Read more for route selection trips.