Ordinances pertaining to pedestrians

Chapter 9-60 Pedestrians’ Rights and Duties

9-60-010 Crosswalks authorized—Crossing between intersections prohibited when.

(a) The commissioner of transportation is hereby authorized to designate and maintain by appropriate lines upon the surface of roadway, crosswalks at intersections where in his opinion there is particular danger to pedestrians crossing the roadway and at such other places as he may deem necessary.

(b) Whenever, upon the basis of an engineering or traffic investigation upon any street, it is determined that pedestrian crossings between intersections shall be prohibited in the interest of public safety, pedestrians shall not cross between intersections except where there may be a marked crosswalk. Such regulations against pedestrian crossing between intersections shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected.

(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90. p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 12-11-91, p. 10832)


9-60-030 Limited access streets and highways—Public pedestrian tunnels and bridges.

(a) No pedestrian shall cross the roadway of a limited-access street or highway other than by means of those facilities which have been constructed as pedestrian crossings or at those points where marked crosswalks have been provided.

(b) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway where a public pedestrian tunnel or bridge has been provided other than by way of the tunnel or bridge within a section to be determined by the commissioner of transportation and to be so designated by the erection of appropriate signs or fencing.

(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 12-11-91, p. 10832)


9-60-040 Railroad grade crossing and bridges.

(a) No pedestrian shall pass through, around, over, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing or bridge while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

(b) No pedestrian shall enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate or barrier after a bridge operation signal indication has been given.

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


9-60-050 Pedestrian to yield right-of-way when.

(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(b) The foregoing rules in this section have no application under the conditions stated in Section 9-60-010 when pedestrians are prohibited from crossing at certain designated places.

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


9-60-060 Pedestrian crossing.

(a) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any place other than by a route at right angels to the curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb except in a marked crosswalk.

(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

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


9-60-070 Use of crosswalk.

Pedestrians shall move whenever practicable upon the right side of crosswalks.

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


9-60-080 Walking along roadways.

(a) Where crosswalks are provided it shall be unlawful for a pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

(b) Where sidewalks are not provided any pedestrian walking along and upon a roadway shall when practicable walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic that may approach from the opposite direction.

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


9-60-100 Traffic-control signals.

Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic-control signals as provided in Sections 9-8-020 and 9-8-050, but at all other places shall be granted those rights and be subject to the restrictions stated in this chapter.

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


9-60-120 Imitation of blind persons prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person, except persons wholly or partially blind, to carry or use on the public streets of the city any cane or walking stick which is white in color, or white with a red end on the bottom.

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


9-60-120 Pedestrians to exercise due care.

Nothing in this chapter shall relieve a pedestrian from the duty of exercising due care.

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

(Source: Municipal Code of Chicago, IL)



Chapter 9-24 Right-of-Way

9-24-030 Crosswalks—Pedestrians to have right-of-way.

Where stop signs are in place at a plainly marked crosswalk at an intersection or between intersections, pedestrians within or entering the crosswalk at either edge of the roadway shall have the right-of-way over vehicles stopped in obedience to such signs. Drivers of vehicles having so yielded the right-of-way to pedestrians entering or within the nearest crosswalk at an intersection shall also yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within any other crosswalk at the intersection.

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


9-24-050 Pedestrians in roadway to have right-of-way when.

When the movement of traffic is not controlled by traffic-control devices, a police officer or traffic control aide, the operator of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90. p. 18634)


9-24-060 Right-of-way at sidewalks.

The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall stop the vehicle immediately prior to driving onto any sidewalk or sidewalk area extending across an alleyway, yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian as may be necessary to avoid collision and, upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway.

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


9-24-100 Blind persons to have right-of-way when.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, any blind person who is carrying in a raised or extended position a cane which is white in color, or white tipped in red, or who is being guided by a dog shall have the right-of-way in crossing any roadway.

(b) The driver of a vehicle approaching the place where a blind person carrying a cane as described in subsection (a) or guided by a dog is crossing a roadway shall bring his vehicle to a full stop and before proceeding shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injury to the blind person.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to a blind person who is neither carrying a cane as described in subsection (a) nor guided by a dog, but the other provisions of this chapter relating to pedestrians shall then be applicable to such person.

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

(Source: Municipal Code of Chicago, IL)

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