Chicago Lakefront Bike Path

Published on Sep 4, 2012
A ride along Chicago’s lakefront path.

This is typical of the kinds of speeds achieved by those offering videos of rides along our Chicago Lakefront Trail. In DuPage County the top speeds being reached here 20-21 MPH would probably be illegal. We get far fewer riders on our trails at any one time. But in Chicago and most urban areas cyclists love to push the limit. If a pedestrian or pet were hit and killed the cyclists are more than likely to want to blame the person who stepped out in front of them. This is of course a situation that would have to be judged by the police on the site.

The municipal code is quite vague:

9-52-030 Speed of bicycles

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634

There should probably be posted speeds on trails like the Chicago Lakefront Trail, but I doubt that anyone in the City Council has a clue that bicycles can be controlled as to speed using cyclometers.