The Illinois House and Senate have passed a law that would help protect Illinois bicyclists and pedestrians being harassed by motorists. Senate Bill 2951 would make it a crime to ride unnecessarily close to, toward or near a bicyclist, pedestrian or a person riding a horse. If the violation results in great bodily harm, the motorist could be charged with a felony. The legislation awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.
The law would be especially relevant in Chicago where some motorists seem to be openly hostile to bicyclists. In recent weeks, Chicago bicyclists have been injured by motorists who appear to have intentionally hit the bicyclists with their cars. This law will address situations where motorists are driving close to bicyclists just to harass them.