Alderman Calls For Measure To Make Bicyclists Walk Their Bikes On Riverwalk

Craig Dellimore
September 21, 2018 - 12:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A downtown alderman wants to force cyclists to get off their bicycles when they are on Chicago’s popular Riverwalk.

Alderman Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward, said so many cyclists have been riding along the Riverwalk where so many people are walking, that it’s getting dangerous. So, he’s proposed an ordinance to avert a major problem.

"We are not banning bikes. We are requiring folks to walk their bicycles while on the Riverwalk, because of the incredible pedestrian volumes we have there. We've got lots and lots of people enjoying that public amenity - families with strollers and baby prams, and those sorts of things," he said.

Reilly said there have been collisions as bikes zip along. He said you’d think common sense—in addition to the signs already in place—would cause someone to get off a bike when so many people are around, but he said common sense hasn’t prevailed there.

There are already signs asking people to walk their bikes, but Reilly's measure would make it mandatory at all times.