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Old 03-20-20, 02:37 PM
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Illinois Covid-19 Lockdown: Can we still ride on the road?

With the State of Illinois Covid-19 lockdown, the State mentioned that outdoor walk is allowed, but does anyone know if solitary road cycling is allowed?
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Old 03-20-20, 04:31 PM
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I'm going for a bike ride tomorrow.
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I went for a short ride today. The statewide shutdown is scheduled to start 5pm tomorrow. I intend to continue riding the streets to access the river MUP when we get a warmup.
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Edit to add in our area the public rest rooms are all closed. You need to take along any toilet paper you might need for emergency.

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I just read the order. Bike rides are allowed:
For outdoor activity: walking, hiking, running or biking Ė including going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, except for playgrounds
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Thanks, guys. This is good to know and very useful.
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I went for a 45 mile ride around the north shore this afternoon and have never seen so many people outside when the temps are below freezing. Apparently stay at home means go for a walk with your kids to everyone who was working from home last week.
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Some posted a video of Evanston on Facebook af 5:30. Streets were empty.

I suspect that riding on the street might be a lot easier during the lock down. The Naperville and Bolingbrook park districts say their park trails are open, although tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds are off limits. . I hope to be riding when it gets back into the 50's. If not, I;m probably down with the virus.

Good luck to all.
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I saw an absolute shload of people out on bikes today here (Michigan). Still traffic on the Interstates, but surface streets eerily quiet. I'm going to take my M400 to work tomorrow and take a ride on my lunch hour.
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I'm "working from home," but plan on working out in my yard a bit, too. The advantage of a rural property!
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No more long bike rides in Chicago. Not sure if this applies to the suburb, as well.

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Chicago cracks down over coronavirus, tells residents don’t go on long runs or bike rides

By Brooke Singman

Published March 26, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is warning residents not to go on long runs or bike rides in the city’s latest effort to crack down over the spread of coronavirus, even cautioning that residents could be arrested should they break the rules.

Lightfoot, during remarks Wednesday, reportedly urged residents to "stay at home" and “only go out for essentials” —rules put in place by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week.

But Lightfoot took the order a step further.

“Be smart,” Lightfoot said Wednesday, according to CBS Chicago. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders, we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront.”

Lightfoot went on to announce that spending long periods of time outside or in playgrounds is not allowed.

“You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down,” she said. “You must abide by the order. Outside is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks.”

She added: “I can’t emphasize enough that we abide [by] the rules.”

The parks in Chicago are still open, according to the city, but officials warned residents to keep their distance from others.

"This is an order that’s enforceable by law," she reportedly said. "We’re going to give you an admonition. And if you don’t turn right away and head home then you’re going to get a citation. And if worse, yeah, we will take you into custody."

She added: "I hope that it doesn’t come to that, I hope that I don’t have to shut down the lake front, shut down all the parks, but I will."

The Chicago police doubled down on the warning that violations are punishable by a fine of $500 and potentially arrest.


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Originally Posted by richard.susanto View Post
No more long bike rides in Chicago. Not sure if this applies to the suburb, as well.

Chicago cracks down over coronavirus, tells residents donít go on long runs or bike rides

When cycling is outlawed only outlaws will cycle.

No Chicago cop is going to start arresting people for riding their bikes on the street. Just stay off the lakefront trail and you'll be fine.
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