Governor signs HB 43 into law; pedestrian safety prevails!

Pedestrian safety prevails in Illinois

Thanks to your support, phone calls and relentless energy, Illinois pedestrians’ rights and safety have been protected!

Earlier today, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law HB 43, which requires drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks – even those that don’t have a stop sign or traffic light.

The law, which takes effect immediately, clarifies the law that, until now, required drivers to yield and stop “only when necessary.” This measure will save lives and help prevent thousands of serious injuries people suffer each year.

Please spread the word! Drivers in Illinois must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

We’ve been fighting with you for this important measure for two years. Thank you for the support you give our work to make every Chicagoland community a livable one.

But, we have more to do. This law is one step in our fight to ensure safe streets for even the most vulnerable users. Help us continue to fight for safe and healthy streets! Become an Active Trans member if you haven't already. And spread the news about building our movement around healthy streets filled with healthy people.

We've received many questions about this law and offer an explanation and FAQs in this blog.

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Ridiculous Rule

This is a ridiculous rule for any high density city. I live in Chicago where there are crosswalks every 50 feet, and millions of pedestrians. It is impossible to expect drivers to anticipate which of the the ten pedestrians at each corner will cross in front of them. Especially when there is no stop sign or traffic light at the corner. I better rule would be to install pedestrian crosswalks only where there are traffic lights or stop signs, and then fine pedestrians if they do not use them.

No, crosswalk rule is common sense

High density cities are the place where these laws are needed most and are most beneficial to pedestrians. It would be even better to improve the overall design of pedestrian and auto traffic to further enhance safety for all and reduce the risk of collision. BrianM is right, we need better designs. I disagree though that car drivers cannot be expected to be alert. Being alert is a rule of the road and requirement for safe driving. That's non negotiable.

Common sense as well as state law seem aligned - car drivers should drive safely and be alert, as should pedestrians who cross busy city streets. Take the ear buds out, put the phone down, and focus on safety.

Outside of the Loop marked

Outside of the Loop marked crosswalks are at least 200 feet from each other. I've found some places that have marked crosswalks 1,250 feet away from each other, although an unmarked crosswalk is between them. In most cases, marked crosswalks are somewhere in between these two values.

Areas around expressways ramps will have longer distances between marked crosswalks, close to the 1,250 value.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesbondsv/6290330515/in/photostream

Open Google Maps and use the Measurement Tool to see how far apart marked crosswalks are from each other.

Pedestrian risk of shock.

Greetings! Unfortunately, some pedestrians discover a danger, only sadly, when victimized and so I wanted to inform you of StreetZaps, a timely and useful tool intended to reduce the year round risk of injury and fatality from contact voltage. I confer with Con Edison's Stray Voltage and Public Affairs Units and contribute to Wet Nose Guide and New York Dog Chat. It is my firm wish that the Active Transportation Alliance will disseminate this vital public service as quickly and as widely as possible to preclude more tragedies. Further, the predictable seasonal incidents surge is imminent.

Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

In appreciation and with best regards,

Blair Sorrel
Founder
www.StreetZaps.com

Enforcement is necessary

This will only help when it is strongly enforced. In the meantime, pedestrians risk their lives expecting motorists to know and observe the law.

There even seems to be no enforcement of the law that motorists at traffic signals must stop behind the stop line before the crosswalk.

I have no confidence that this will be enforced with enough frequency and significant penalties to cause a change in motorists' actions.

Crosswalk Law

In terms of how the new crosswalk law affects cyclists, when cyclists are using a crosswalk to cross a street are we considered pedestrians? In otherwords, does the new law apply to cyclists, too, or just walkers?

Cyclists are considered

Cyclists are considered pedestrians when they are NOT ON THEIR BIKE.

Re: Crosswalk Law

Riding a bicycle within a crosswalk is the same as riding on the sidewalk (which is illegal in Chicago if you're over 12 years old).

correct

Yes, that is correct, thanks Comfort Rider. Bicyclists may walk their bikes in crosswalks as pedestrians but it is illegal to ride a bike in a crosswalk.

If I'm riding my bicycle on a

If I'm riding my bicycle on a designated bike path and the path crosses an active street but not at an intersection does the motorist have to yield to me? Or does this law only pertain to pedestrians?

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