Declaring, "The road belongs to everyone," Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed tough new bicycling safety legislation into law yesterday in a ceremony held in an Arlington Heights bike shop. The law, to take effect January 1, 2011, strengthens Illinois' anti-buzzing law which prohibits motor vehicles from passing less than three feet from a bicyclist on a roadway, by providing for criminal penalties. Sentences are to vary depending on whether injury results. The new law also provides for the creation of "Share The Road" license plates to be purchased through the Illinois Secretary of State's office. Fees for the plates will be used to fund a bicycle safety education program.
Here is video of the signing ceremony:
Governor Quinn Signing Bicycle Bills from Julie Hochstadter on Vimeo.