New UI bike rules delayed

New UI bike rules delayed

Changes to the University of Illinois bicycle code won't take affect Monday as scheduled, but that doesn't mean police won't be on the lookout for violations.

UI Deputy Police Chief Skip Frost said the bike code hasn't been changed since 1989, and the proposed changes have been subject to public feedback over the past few months.  He said officials will continue to finalize the changes over the summer, and they'll then likely take effect this fall.

According to a draft version of the new rules posted online, bikes would have to be registered with the UI and have a front light for night riding.  Bikers would have to signal before turning, and pedestrians would be banned from walking in bike lanes.  Penalties include fines up to $35 or having your bike booted or impounded.  But on the first violation, you'd have the opportunity to take a bike education class to avoid a fine.

Meanwhile, Frost reminded you that police will still be enforcing the current campus bike rules.  He said if you're on a sidewalk, you have to follow the rules for pedestrians.  If you're on a road, you have to follow the rules for vehicles.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

Pedestrians will be banned from the bike paths; but bikes will not be banned from the streets, or sidewalks.  Yep, it makes so much sense that even visiting foriegners should understand it.  No walking in the bike paths.  Walking only on the sidewalks.  Driving only on the streets.  Biking on the sidewalks, streets, bike paths, and grassy areas.  Yep, it is understandable.  You have to be on a bike to catch a bad biker.  Wonder who is the best bike chaser on the U of I police force?

thelowedown wrote on March 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Bikes are not legally banned from sidewalks by state law. Municipalities have the ability to ban them from sidewalks, but Champaign and Urbana's codes only ban them in the downtown areas along with Campustown in Champaign, thus no ban on bikes on sidewalks on campus.

Huh wrote on March 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

MUST overregulate everything... I'm suprised we don't make pedestrians register themselves before they are allowed to walk, or bus riders get a "bus riding license" before they can use a bus.

BruckJr wrote on March 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Do you suppose that they will enforce these rules as well as they do the smoking ban?  Stand outside the Assembly Hall as the fans leave a basketball game and you'll see hundreds of fans lighting up.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

A number of years ago, I observed a pregnant staff member ran down by a bike rider as she exited a campus building.  Before I left campus, I had a bike rider approach me from behind unannounced while I was walking on a campus sidewalk.  Fortunately the rider, and myself only ended up with some scrapes, and bruises.  Unfortunately, I inavertly stomped on his spokes disabling his bike.  He made a scene about it even though he ran into me !  Bike trails, bike lanes, and streets are fine; but it is lunacy for bike riders to be on sidewalks with pedestrians.  Of course, how do you stop it?  If they refuse to accept "no" from mommy, and daddy; what'a you gonna do?

Jam wrote on March 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

There are places on campus where bikers and walkers have to share space.  Probably good locations to write tickets.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

If both have the right to be on the sidewalk; what would be the violation, not ringing a bell, not hollering "Coming Thru", or not using the proper arm turn signal?  There should be no bikes on sidewalks.  Bikes belong on bike paths, or streets.