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Riding a Bike on the Sidewalk in Illinois — the Law

Question: Is it against the law in Illinois to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk?  Answer: State law says you can ride on the sidewalk; however, local ordinances may prohibit bikes on sidewalks in certain areas such as business districts or high-density residential areas. In general, Illinois law treats cyclists like drivers. Bikes are “granted all of the rights and . . . subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” For further information, visit For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to