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Tell governor to sign Bike Walk Education in Schools Act
Another important bike safety bill has arrived on Governor Rauner’s desk and we need your help to make sure it’s signed into law.
The Bike Walk Education in Schools Act (HB 4799) passed the Illinois House and Senate with strong bipartisan majorities and awaits the governor’s signature.
The legislation requires school boards statewide to adopt policies for educating K-8 students about biking and walking safety. Schools boards determine how best to implement the requirement in their schools.
Illinois crash data shows that nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.
Illinois’ School Code requires automobile safety education, but there isn’t a requirement that education includes instruction on how to bike and walk safely.
Earlier this month we asked supporters to contact the governor about another legislative priority: Bike Safety and the Dutch Reach Act (HB5143). Hundreds of people have already sent letters but there’s still time for you to reach out as the governor reviews the legislation. Take action on HB5143 today.
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