Bicyclists generally have the right to use the road in Illinois - that is something that most people have long held as obvious under the law. However, last year a driver was accused of failing to yield to a bike rider and a judge threw out the citation finding conflicting rulings existed as to the rights of cyclists. That case involved the tragic death of a Viet Nam vet who took up cycling as a way to rehabilitate injuries he had suffered during his service to the country many years ago.
The Illinois General Assembly responded with overwhelming support of House Bill 5912, which has been signed and will take effect next year. The measure clarifies a subject that many believe has always been obvious. The law makes a clear statement that bicycle safety is important for everyone in Illinois.