Bicycle-Safety Education Bill Goes To Gov. Rauner

Steve Miller
June 01, 2018 - 4:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Advocates for bicyclists say Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign a bill that requires elementary and middle schools to teach safe biking skills.

"Every day in Illinois, on average, five kids are hit by a car within one block of a school, and many more are being hit beyond the school zones,” says Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance.

There's no money in the bill to fund safe biking education, but each school may decide how they want to teach biking skills and how much time to devote to it, he said Friday.

"We think it's definitely manageable for the schools. If they don't have a ton of time for this, they can simply give their kids an on-line quiz or show them an on-line video, just to cover the basics,” Burke said.

The most important thing to tell kids, he said, is: Never assume a car sees you, whether you're biking or walking.