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.