Share the road

Bicyclists and motorists are required to follow the rules of the road at Fermilab.

Fermilab is a great place to ride a bicycle. We have interesting scenery, a paved path stretching across the site and plenty of lightly traveled roadways. It is important to remember that bicyclists in Illinois have the option of using the roadway. They are not required to get off the roadway when vehicles approach from behind.

Although roads at Fermilab are often lightly traveled, accidents between motorists and cyclists have occurred. We require all visitors to follow the Illinois Rules of the Road.

Reminders for bicyclists:

  • Obey all traffic signs, laws and signals.
  • Ride no more than two abreast; in particular, do not block passing traffic.
  • Wear a bicycle safety helmet.
  • Ride in the same direction as cars in your lane.
  • Stay as far to the right side of the road as practical.
  • Ride predictably.
  • Signal your turns.

Reminders for motorists:

  • Leave at least 3 feet when passing.
  • Watch at right turns. Is there a bicycle to your right?
  • Yield to bicycles as you would to another vehicle.
  • Use turn signals.
  • Watch where bicycles can enter the road, especially at right turns.
  • Look for bikes when getting out of your car to avoid door-bike crashes.

Occasionally, when motorists and bicyclists meet they can sometimes overlook rules of the road and common courtesy. This can lead to conflict. Getting hostile or abusive won’t help the situation. We need to stay calm, exercise caution and show respect for each other, no matter how we’re traveling.

View the Illinois Rules of the Road.

— Dave Peterson, bicycle liaison, Fermilab Traffic Safety Subcommittee