BIKING WITH KIDS ON SIDEWALKS
June 11, 2004Back to questions
In Chicago where we live the signs on a nearby busy street, Ashland Avenue,
say NO BIKES ON SIDEWALK, but does that apply to kids? How about kids biking
with moms? We biked on the sidewalk today anyway, because it is really the bestand
safestroute to school. I can hardly bike with them in the street on Ashland.
I thought Mr. Bike would be the go-to guy for this question. Thanks, Mr. Bike!
In Chicago the law
prohibits people over 11 of years of age from riding on sidewalks. Police generally
dont enforce this, however.
If you ride on the sidewalk with your kids, Mr Bike
has the following tips you should observe and teach your kids:
Hope this helps.
- Go no faster than walking speed.
- When approaching sidewalk-facing doors, slow down
and look carefully for people emerging. If you see them, stop and let them
go before passing.
- Before crossing alleys and blind driveways,
stop and peek into them; wait for cars to leave before crossing.
- When approaching walkers, slow down and say Passing
on your left or Passing on your right. Your kids bikes
should have bells, too.
- Before crossing a street, get off of your bike and walk it across.