Ordinance Would Prohibit Bike Riding on Riverwalk

Fines would range from $50 to $200 for infractions

Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit adults from riding their bikes on the city’s Riverwalk.

The proposed ordinance would force people to walk their bikes along the river, and the alderman says he introduced the ordinance to add enforcement options for signs that encourage users to get off their bicycles.

“We want people to walk their bikes on the Riverwalk pedestrian path due to the incredible pedestrian volumes there,” Reilly said in a tweet. “This is consistent with city law that prohibits bike riding on city sidewalks (unless you’re under the age of 12).”

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The Active Transportation Alliance opposes the measure, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, saying that it’s “overkill” to ban bikes on what was designed as a mixed-use thoroughfare.

“There are many hours and times of the year when it’s safe for people biking and walking to share the path,” a spokesman told the paper.

According to the Chicago Tribune, fines would range from $50 to $200 for violating the ordinance.

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