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.