As young children, we are taught to ride our bikes on the right side of the road. Generally that is the right answer but not always. “Most States have laws that allow bicycles to ride in other places at certain times,” said G. Grant Dixon III, founder of Dixon Law Office and an avid cyclist. For example, the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code requires bikes to ride on the right side of the road only when moving slower than the normal speed of traffic. 625 Ill.Comp.Stat. § 5/11-1505. If the bicyclist is passing someone, preparing to make a left turn, or avoid something in the road, the bike can operate anywhere in the lane. Grant concluded, “Motorists often ignore cyclists and that usually ends badly for the cyclists.”
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