Released: Aug. 17, 2007
Contact: David Callahan
Motorists in Illinois must pass bicyclists with at least three feet of room thanks to Gov. Blagojevich’s signature on Senate Bill 80 yesterday, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation announced.
This measure was supported by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and led by our partner organization, the League of Illinois Bicyclists. It's a significant victory for bicycling statewide.
The bill, effective immediately, amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to also provide that bicyclists may signal a right-hand turn with their right arms.
In addition, the law states that a bicyclist is to ride as close to the right-hand curb as practicable and safe. The law previously provided that they ride as close as possible.
This also means that the bicyclist is not required to ride as close to the right-hand curb or edge as practicable and safe when the rider is approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
Please pass on this update to your driving and cycling friends. If you have any questions about the new law or other legislation related to bicycling, please contact David Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org