Chicago bike safety ordinances (2008)

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These ordinances are located in the Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 9: Vehicles, Traffic and Rail Transportation.

Penalties for Bicycle Safety Violations 9-4-025

  • This section establishes fines for violating the following proposed ordinances.

  • Each violation will be classified as a petty offence with a $150.00 fine, increasing to a $500.00 fine if the motorist violation results in a bicycle crash.

Failure to Exercise Due Care 9-40-160

  •  Includes bicyclists under the existing ordinance that protects pedestrians from careless driving.

  • Brings consistency with a similar Illinois statute. See 625 ILCS 5/11-1003.

  • Simplifies procedure for police to issue tickets and for prosecutors to bring charges when bicyclists are struck by motorists.

Turning Left or Right in Front of a Bicyclist 9-16-020 (e), (f)

  • Clarifies that motorists must yield to bicyclists when turning left at an intersection, as they would to any other approaching vehicle.

  • Prohibits a right turn in front of a bicyclist, similar to the Illinois statute prohibiting a right turn in front of a mass transit bus. See 625 ILCS 5/11-801(c).

Overtaking a Bicyclist at an Unsafe Distance 9-36-010 (c)

  • Defines 3 feet as the minimum safe distance for motorists to leave when overtaking any bicycle or person on the roadway.

  • Brings consistency with a similar, new Illinois statute. See 625 ILCS 5/11-703 (d).

Opening a Vehicle Door into the Path of a Bicyclist 9-80-035

  • Brings consistency with a similar, existing Illinois statute that prohibits opening a vehicle door into moving traffic. See 625 ILCS 5/11-1407.

Driving, Standing or Parking in Bike Lanes or Marked Shared Lanes 9-40-060

  • Increases the existing fine for driving, parking or standing in bike lanes (see bottom left) from $100.00 to $150.00, the first increase for this violation since its establishment in 1999.

  • Establishes a $150.00 penalty for double parking in a marked shared lane because of the danger to bicyclists.


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