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Can I get a traffic ticket while walking or riding my bike?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Traffic Ticket Defense |

When we think about traffic tickets, we think about tickets we get while driving. However, in Illinois, traffic laws extend beyond motorists to include pedestrians and cyclists. Both pedestrians and cyclists can receive tickets for various offenses, such as failing to yield, disregarding traffic signals or impeding traffic flow. Understanding these regulations is crucial for maintaining road order, safety and avoiding traffic tickets.

Pedestrian responsibilities

Pedestrians are those that utilize the roadways and sidewalks on foot. These individuals must adhere to traffic control devices and utilize designated crosswalks. Disobeying signals or jaywalking can result in citations (traffic tickets) handled by traffic courts, as outlined by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Cyclist compliance

Cyclists are those that use a non-motorized wheeled vehicle on our roadways. Cyclists are, essentially, treated like vehicles with specific exceptions. They must obey traffic signals, ride in the direction of traffic and yield to pedestrians. Violations can lead to citations (traffic tickets) similar to those issued to motor vehicles.

Avoiding citations

To prevent traffic tickets, pedestrians and cyclists must understand and comply with traffic laws. Educational resources, like Ride Illinois, provide detailed explanations of bike laws, aiding cyclists in navigating regulations effectively. There are multiple state and local resources to help pedestrians and cyclists know and understand these traffic laws. In the event you receive a ticket, knowing your rights is crucial.


While traffic tickets are often thought of as a driving problem, residents of Springfield and Illinois generally can indeed be ticketed for violations while walking or cycling. Though, by staying informed and compliant with traffic laws, pedestrians and cyclists contribute to safer streets and avoid citation hassles.