Bike Law clarifies rules and rights.
Currently, both Iowa and Illinois define bicycles as vehicles and must abide by the same laws as cars. However, starting January 1, lawmakers hope a new bike law taking effect in Illinois clarifies those guidelines and increases cyclist and motorist safety.
House Bill 5912 amends the state’s vehicle code, and assigns the same-right-of-way privileges to cyclists that car drivers have. The law is also known as “Dennis’s Law” which came after a judge’s ruling on a 2015 fatal accident involving a man from Hampshire, Illinois. While many bike activists favor this new law, some said it poses increased safety concerns. Rock Island resident, Katie Calleja, believes the new ruling puts cyclists at an even bigger risk.