Monday, May 7, 2018 at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Read more here.
Do you know the new laws? Another blog post here.
Legislation that Ride Illinois proposed and successfully lobbied for in 2017, are now in effect! Three new state laws that address common motorist and cyclist practices kicked in on January 1st. The new laws:
- Allow motorists to pass bicyclists in a no-passing zone under certain conditions to improve cyclist safety
- Officially legalize bicycling on road shoulders, but not require it
- Allow a rear red light instead of or in addition to a rear red reflector
The most notable change in traffic law will allow drivers to pass bicycles in a no-passing zone in order to improve cyclist safety and traffic flow on the road. Long no-passing zones on two-lane roads commonly present a problem for drivers trying to legally pass a bicyclist. The travel lanes of most roads lack the width needed for drivers to safely and legally pass a cyclist with at least three feet of clearance (a state law) while staying within the lane.
In this common situation, most motorists do end up crosssing solid centerlines to pass cyclists anyway. However, some drivers choose to pass the cyclist too closely to obey the no-passing zone, and in doing so, illegally squeeze by within the same, too-narrow lane – a scary maneuver that sometimes leads to sideswipe crashes. For long no-passing zones, those drivers obeying both the no-passing zone and the three-feet passing law may not be able to pass a bicycle for a long time.
Under the new law, a motorist may overtake and pass to the left of a bicycle in a no-passing zone when: (1) the bicycle is traveling at a speed of less than half of the posted speed limit; (2) the driver is able to overtake and pass the bicycle without exceeding the posted speed limit; and (3) there is sufficient distance to the left of the centerline. The driver must also pass with at least three feet clearance of the bicycle – a distance mandated by state law.
The new legislation also legalizes bicycling on shoulders, a common safety practice of biking. Illinois law largely restricts vehicles driving on a shoulder, with some specified exceptions (e.g. farm tractors and equipment), and the new law adds bicycles to the list of exceptions. Having this legal clarity will benefit cyclists as well as road agencies desiring to sign or otherwise designate bicycle routes having paved shoulders. Bicycling on shoulders is not required, however, as there are situations for which cyclists should not ride on a shoulder.
The last provision of the new legislation will allow cyclists to use a rear, red tail light instead of (or in addition to) the currently required rear, red reflector when bicycling at night. Today’s improved bicycle light technology has much greater visibility than reflectors, and many bicyclists solely use rear lights already. Eight states and the City of Chicago already allow either a light or reflector in their vehicle code, and Illinois joined the group on January 1st.
Proposed by Ride Illinois and filed back in January 2017, the traffic bill HB1784 was sponsored and led through the General Assembly by State Representative Tim Butler of Springfield and State Senator Heather Steans of Chicago. The legislation unanimously passed both chambers in May, and was signed into law by the governor in September of last year.
Thank you to all of our members and supporters that spoke up and asked their state legislators to pass the bicycle traffic safety bill. As HB1784 made its way through the General Assembly, Ride Illinois put out a number of action alerts and you responded! Over the course of two months, approximately 1,400 letters were emailed to our state representatives and senators by our members and fellow Illinois cyclists. Your voice was integral to the successful passing of this new legislation!
We are still looking for a chair for our Fall No Baloney ride. The position can’t be done by just anyone, yet that volunteer will have a lot of help and notes created by last year’s chair. Interested? Contact Fai Mok to learn more.
All memberships expire on December 31st. Get ready for the 2018 season! It has started already for two souls that braved the New Year’s day ride. We have on-line options as well as a paper form that can be printed and mailed in with a check. All of this is described on this page.
Greetings TOMRV riders.
Registration for 2018 TOMRV 41 OPENS this Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7AM Central Time. The tour date is the weekend June 9 and 10, 2018.
To register go to https://secure.getmeregistered
There is good news for our route… the long wait for the replacement bridge at Sabula is over – the new bridge opened in November this year. In addition, the roadway from Miles to Sabula was just repaved – which was certainly the roughest road on our route. As in the past the beer garden and music will greet the riders on Saturday when they arrive at Clarke College.
Most new TOMRV riders come with friends who have ridden the tour before. Forward the registration link to your cycling friends and bike club members about TOMRV.
You will find information about the tour at http://qcbc.org/tomrv/. This includes last year’s route (in the packet link), which, except in case of detours, will be the same in 2018. Like us on our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/TomrvRide
Keep riding and see you on TOMRV in June.
TOMRV 41 Coordinator
Shimano SH-SD 66 Ladies Bicycling Sandals
EU Size 37-38 USA 6 1/2 – 7
Contact Michelle McGuire @ 309-253-8482.
Pam Hoehne is looking to buy a quality good used hybrid to fit a person about 5′ 10″ or 6′. Hers that she shared with her son was stolen. Contact Pam at 339-9777.