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Quinn Signs Bike Law

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jul 6, 2010 6:40PM

It took a few months but Gov. Quinn finally got around to signing into law a bill intent on protecting bicyclists. The new law imposes stiffer penalties for the all-too-often occurrence of motorists exhibiting threatening behavior towards bicyclists. From a press release:

Senate Bill 2951, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), makes it illegal for drivers to crowd or threaten bicyclists by unnecessarily driving close to a cyclist.

The new law increases penalties for attempting to harm or threaten bicyclists. Under the law, drivers who intimidate cyclists with threats, crowding or throwing items will be subject to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

But a note to fellow cyclists: while this is a good step forward to protect us on the road, it's important not to undermine that protection. Stay safe and follow the rules of the road.