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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blagojevich's "Complete Streets" veto overriden

Illinois cyclists got a major victory today when the Illinois House voted 109-3 to override Gov. Rod Blagojevich's amendatory veto of the "Complete Streets" bill. That, along with the state Senate's vote last week to override the veto, means the bill as originally passed by both chambers becomes law.

What the law means, in short, is that the Illinois Department of Transportation shall include walkways and bicycle ways in their road designs in urban areas. IDOT also shall develop design and construction standards for bicycle and pedestrian ways.

Blagojevich's amendatory veto had changed the wording of the bill from "shall" to "may," effectively gutting the bill, according to the League of Illinois Bicyclists and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

The law goes in effect immediately.

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Roger 1 comments links to this post 1:56 PM

Congratulations to the people of IL! In MO we continue to define progress by building wider and longer highways, eliminating pedestrian bridges, and making our roads more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.
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