05 September 2007

I appreciate your utter lack of concern for my safety on our state roadways, Mr. Governor

The Honorable Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois, has effectively killed SB 314, the "Complete Streets" bill. Just take a gander at this:

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 9(e) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill 314, entitled “AN ACT concerning roads.”, with the following specific recommendations for change:

on page 1, line 8, by replacing “shall” with “may”; and

on page 1, line 8, by deleting “full”; and

on page 1, line 13, by replacing “shall” with “may”; and

on page 1, line 15, by replacing “except:” with “.”; and

on page 1, line 16 through 21, by deleting “(1) in pavement resurfacing projects that do not widen the existing traveled way or do not provide stabilized shoulders; or (2) where approved by the Secretary of Transportation based upon documented safety issues, excessive cost or absence of need.”; and

on page 2, line 3, by replacing “shall” with “may”; and

on page 2, line 4 through 7, be deleting “Beginning July 1, 2007, this Section shall apply to planning and training purposes only. Beginning July 1, 2008, this Section shall apply to construction projects.”.

With these changes, Senate Bill 314 will have my approval. I respectfully request your concurrence.


I've said it before and will no doubt say it again, but now I say it with full conviction and complete sincerity: Fuck you, Rod. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

Springfield Critical Mass, anyone? Oh that's right, it wouldn't help. Y'know, 'cause he's never there and all. Yet another angry and ineffective letter it is!

Update: CBF's new bike>>blog includes a more clearheaded perspective on this matter as well as on the RTA's funding crisis:
A bad day for alternative transportation
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"So what happened? First the governor used his amendatory veto privileges to completely gut the Complete Streets Bill — Senate Bill 314 — on the very last day he could act. The bill would have required state-funded roads to be designed for the most vulnerable users of the roadway, creating a healthy streets network statewide that would rival the best of the nation. The bill would have enabled millions of bicyclists and pedestrians to travel safely to work, to school, wherever. But with a few swipes of a pen, the words "shall" were suddenly changed to "may," pulling all the teeth from the bill. It now says that municipalities may make streets safer if they feel so inclined. We need a bill for that? Shame!

"The second act? The state legislature failed to pass a meaningful transit budget that would adequately fund public transit in the region leaving millions of transit riders with a higher share of transportation costs and continued deterioration of services. Shame!"

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