Breakthrough!

See: IL HB0043: http://tinyurl.com/pedsrock

Thanks to House Representative Luis Arroyo and other members of General Assembly, Illinois now joins 11 other states in support of human rights in the public roadways.

No longer will motorists be legally allowed to trump pedestrians who attempt to cross in a crosswalk.  The automobile rein of the road is eroding.

But will it be enforced here in the city of cell phone drivers?  Chicago's finest do not carry a reputation for enforcing traffic laws.  The cell phone ban on motorists is practically ignored.

So, if the police can't be counted on to teach this new crosswalk law to Chicago motorists, who will?  The motorists will require reminders.  Pedestrians will need to be more assertive in "taking the crosswalk", but they will also depend on the support of other users of the roadways.  Signage isn't enough -- users of the road need to look at each other, not just signs.

Bus drivers and cyclists can help by immediately putting the new crosswalk law to practice.  This law is intended to protect the most vulnerable user in the roadway -- the pedestrian.  Cyclists come second -- something they must match with their road manners towards pedestrians. 

It may be awhile before Chicago's pedestrians actually have it as good as Seattle's.  But because everyone is a pedestrian at times, the power is in the people's hands to embrace this new crosswalk law today. 

The lawmakers have done their work, now go enjoy a stroll through your neighborhood.

Comments

"The automobile rein of the road is eroding"

Are you serious....you don't ride on the streets of Chicago very often. I was cut off by three cars yesterday and nearly hit by two cyclists on the bike path. Cars still own the road and drivers have no fear of intimidating cyclists. There are too many cyclists, rollerbladers and runners on the lakefront bike path, it has become a very dangerous place to ride at peak hours, so there is not much recourse, but to ride the streets. The mayor thinks he has created a safe bicycle environment when he painted the streets, but he has no idea how dangerous it is to ride the streets of Chicago. It is time to create separated bicycle lanes in Chicago. It is the only solution.

We have a long way to go...

I agree with you and let us remember the central issue here in Chicago is that there are TOO MANY CARS.  It's bad for us and it's bad for our City.

Please join with Break The Gridlock in working towards a solution.  Come on out a Break The Gridlock unHappy Hour to find out how to get involved.