New Bicycle Safety Legislation for Illinois

This spring, Ride Illinois will be in Springfield to advocate for a new bicycle safety bill we have proposed. This not-yet-numbered state bill would make three common practices legal and clarify existing law on another. The proposed amendments will:

  • Allow motorists to pass bicyclists in a no-passing zone under certain conditions
  • Officially legalize bicycling on road shoulders, but not require it
  • Allow bicyclists to use a rear light without also using a rear reflector
  • Clarify the exception to riding on the far right on a narrow road

Read the full article On Ride Illinois site here.

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14 Group Ride Etiquette Tips: How to Avoid Being “That Guy” (or Girl)

Well, I’m in full denial that it is winter, and I’m already thinking about spring. Perhaps this article on trainright.com will help others, too.

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Change in state bike rules tribute to late Hampshire rider Dennis Jurs

A change in Illinois law related to bicyclists that went into effect Jan. 1 came about as a way to honor Dennis Jurs, an avid rider himself who lost his life in a 2015 collision with a sport utility vehicle in the Hampshire area, where he lived. Read the full Chicago Tribune article here.

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American woman rides bike 147 mph, a new world record

Ok, this ran last September, but I’m just now noticing it.

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French cyclist Robert Marchand sets new record aged 105

He may not be the fastest cyclist round a velodrome, but he is easily one of the oldest. Robert Marchand has clocked up 105 years and now a new record for the furthest distance cycled in one hour. See the full article and video here.

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2016 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships / Artistic Cycling…

I get fussed at when I show off on club rides. See the video here of folks that take it to a whole new level.

 

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Rent a bike in Europe!

The club got this in on our main e-mail account, and the more I thought about it, this would be a handy link to have in my collection. It is expensive to fly a bike back and fourth. You have some risk of getting it detained in customs (I lost a week once). Those of us that occasionally find ourselves in Europe on business might find it useful to have a link to an an outfit that rents high quality bikes.

Read more here. I’m going to add it to our miscellaneous link page.

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Back by popular demand…

We had some feedback that some folks really preferred sending in a paper form for renewing a membership. We have restored that option. You may access that form from Club Information > Membership Sign-up here, or via a direct link here.

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2017 New Year’s Day Ride Pic

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“Dennis’ Law” Went Into Effect January 1st

“Dennis’s Law” got a lot of attention when the bill was signed in August, but it is now the law of the land. With the start of a new year, Illinois bicyclists will find themselves with greater protection under the Illinois Rules of the Road. Starting January 1, 2017, Illinois law clearly states that bicyclists receive the same rights to the “right-of-way” as drivers of motor vehicles. This law is known as “Dennis’ Law” after fallen Illinois bicyclist Dennis Jurs.

This post from the chainlink.org blog.

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