Father and son ride comfortably on Wabash buffered bike lane

Recently, when I saw this image on Wabash Avenue in Chicago, I gained a whole new appreciation for buffered bike lanes.

Buffered bike lanes offer more protection for riders than do regular bike lanes. In this case, the lane offered enough room for a father and young son (in training wheels, mind you) to ride together comfortably down a major city street. 

 

What a heartwarming site.

What a heartwarming site. This gives me hope for the future.

Illegal

They need to be riding single-file per Chicago law.

Chicago Bike Laws

Chicago law actually does allow for riding side-by-side in bike lanes such as this and on trails. Here's the specific wording in the Municipal Code:

9-52-050 Riding in single file required—Exceptions
Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride other than single file except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

You can read more about Chicago bike laws here.

Illinois state law permits riding two abreast in the roadway. We are advocating for Chicago's bike laws to be brought into alignment with state bike laws allowing for riding two-abreast.

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