New Illinois law allows cycling across bridges
QUINCY, IL. —
Bicycling across the Bayview and Memorial Bridges in Quincy - is it legal or illegal?
Many of you probably see people bike across the bridge and wonder if they're allowed to do that and whether it's safe.
After speaking with state, county, and city police, we found that it's a bit of a gray area.
While it is legal to bike across both bridges, it is discouraged as a safety precaution.
As of January 1, 2017, cyclists now have the same rights as vehicles in the state of Illinois.
Legally, drivers must treat them as such.
“Technically since it's not an interstate, there's no minimum speed limit and bikes in Illinois are considered vehicles, you can ride across the bridges. You can ride anywhere there is not a minimum speed limit,” says Alex Adams, a mechanic at Madison-Davis Bike Shop in Quincy.
That being said--always use proper judgement when cycling and wear a helmet.
No matter where you live, it's always a good idea to check with local enforcement if you plan on cycling across a bridge.