Did You Know?

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

Bike Walk Education in Schools Act

Illinois crash data shows nearly five children are hit by people driving every day in Illinois while walking or biking within one block of a school.

Yet Illinois’ School Code requires automobile safety education, but there isn’t a requirement that education includes instruction on how to bike and walk safely. Active Trans is working with our allies across the state to change that.

The Bike Walk Education in Schools Act (HB4799) requires school boards statewide to adopt policies for educating K-8 students about biking and walking safety, and review/update these policies every two years. Schools boards determine how best to implement the requirement in their schools.

Over the last thirty years, childhood obesity has tripled in the U.S. and Illinois ranks ninth in the nation in obese adolescents ages 10 to 17. Walking and biking safely helps kids get more physical activity, reducing the risk of obesity and promoting good overall health.

UPDATE (5/24/18): The bill passed the House with 96 votes and the Senate with 49 votes. After the bill is reconcilled, it will move to Governor Rauner for his signature. Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who have already contacted their legislators and stay tuned for more opportunities to take action.