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Many of you have probably heard of HB1784. It would:

1) Allow motorists to pass bikes in a no-passing zone under certain conditions to improve cyclist safety.

2) Officially legalize bicycling on road shoulders, but not require it.

3) Allow bicyclists to use a rear light without also using a rear reflector.

4) Clarify the bicyclist lane position law, when the lane is too narrow for a car to pass with 3+ feet clearance.

A few weeks ago, I wrote to rep. Will Guzzardi, and I actually got a response back yesterday! I'm sure it's a form, but it's still cool to see. Here's what he said:

Hi Jeremy,

Thanks so much for writing! I'm an avid cyclist myself, and HB1784 seems like a great way to clarify and enshrine basic bike safety practices in law. I appreciate your bringing it to my attention, and I'll be happy to support it!
Please stay in touch, and all my best—
Write your reps - sometimes they listen.

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Thanks for sharing! Here's a link to a recent post about the same bill with an "Action Alert" from Ride Illinois:

If you want to read more and track the bill's progress, go here:

Thanks Anne!


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