Bike Safety

In light of the recent accident on 75th St. and Modaff Rd., in which a bicyclist was seriously hurt after being hit by a van, we spoke with the Executive Director of the League of Illinois Bicyclist for a bike safety review.

The number one rule is that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on the road as motorists.

And Ed Barsotti shares a safety tip that could save your life.

“If you’re riding in a narrow traffic lane you shouldn’t ride too closely to the curb or to the edge, you don’t want to encourage motorists to squeeze by when there’s really no room to do so because that really gives you no out if there’s a pothole or some sort of obstacle that’s there,” said Ed Barsotti, Executive Director of League of Illinois Bicyclists.

According to Ed, statistics show that if you’re in a busy area like downtown, you’re four times as likely to get into a crash if you’re biking toward traffic.

And everyone should keep in mind that the law says motorists should not pass bikes with less than three feet of passing clearance.

To learn more about safety techniques and the laws of bicycling in Illinois, head over to bikesafetyquiz.com.

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