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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Legislative Update

The Illinois General Assembly is currently on a two-week recess. We are glad for the rest, as it has been a busy spring for the legislative team at Active Trans. The current status of our priority bills is:

Bike Helmet Law – thanks to our efforts a provision that would have prohibited most bike sharing programs (ala Paris) was stopped

Bike Harassment Bill – the Senate passed a bill to create a new crime for those motorists who drive to close to, toward or near a bicyclist or pedestrian. The House will consider the bill after the break.

Lowering Speed Limits – Active Trans and the Illinois Municipal League teamed up to champion a bill that would allow for lower speed limits in many suburbs. The bill passed the Senate and is pending in the House.

Red Light Cameras – a compromise bill passed the Senate that would allow for continued use of red light cameras to protect active transportation users coupled with more police oversight.

Must Stop for Pedestrians – Active Trans is championing HB 43 which would require motorists to stop, rather than yield, for pedestrians in crosswalks. The bill passed the House and is pending in the Senate.

For more information, please visit www.activetrans.org.

We welcome your thoughts on our legislative agenda. Please email questions and comments to info@activetrans.org.