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Decades of research shows that expanding roads doesn’t provide lasting congestion relief. More lanes means more traffic.

Chicago wants motorists to stop for pedestrians

As reported in last week's Sun Times, the City of Chicago wants motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. src=http://www.activetrans.org/sites/default/files/peds_0.jpgThe new commissioner of Chicago's Department of Transportation, Gabe Klein, is proposing an ordinance to require motorists to come to a complete stop before entering any crosswalk where a pedestrian is present.

In 2010, Active Transportation Alliance championed the Must Stop for Pedestrians law (Public Act 96-1165). This law now requires drivers and cyclists throughout Illinois to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

The new Chicago municipal ordinance will bring the city's laws in conformity with the state law.

Here's a link to the Sun-Times article (be advised—it may take a minute or two to load).