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While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

New Year New Laws

Welcome to 2011! With the new year comes several new laws. Here are a few of the new laws (effective January 1, 2011) that make Illinois a safer, healthier place to bike, walk and use transit. Active Transportation Alliance is proud to have played a leading role in getting these bills enacted.

Red Light Camera Reforms (Public Act 96-1016) ensures that all municipalities in Chicago area have access to the safety-enhanching red light cameras.

Bicycle Safety Law (Public Act 96-1007) creates a new crime for motorists who drive to close to, toward or near bicyclists.

Roadside Memorial Act (Public Act 96-1371) provides family members of bicyclists or pedestrians killed in road crashes the right to have a memorial erected at the scene of the crash.

In a few weeks, Active Transportation Alliance will be announcing our ambitious legislative agenda for 2011. Be sure to read Traffic Signals and check out www.activetrans.org.

Happy New Year!