Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 13th, 2008 at 1:38 pm
Chicago’s City Council has passed new laws that are intended to send a serious message to motorists about operating safely around bicycles.
Mayor Richard Daley told the Chicago Tribune, “We are committed to making Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the country, and safety is a very critical part of the plan.”
Here are the four laws that were passed (and carry fines of $150 to $500 if a crash results):
- 1. Turning left or right in front of someone on a bicycle.
2. Passing with less than 3 feet of space between car and bike.
3. Opening a vehicle door into the path of a cyclist.
4. Parking or otherwise obstructing marked bike lanes.
In addition to political support, the ordinances were also backed by the Chicago chapter of the American Automobile Association (AAA).
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