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Record #: O2022-2063   
Type: Ordinance Status: Introduced
Intro date: 7/20/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Finance; Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Titles 2 and 9 by adding new Article XVII entitled "Bus Lane Traffic Enforcement" and modifying various sections concerning automated speed enforcement system violations
Sponsors: La Spata, Daniel
Attachments: 1. O2022-2063.pdf
Joint Committee on Finance and Pedestrian and Traffic Safety July 20, 2022 City Council Meeting

ORDINANCE
WHEREAS, Title 9 of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago establishes various traffic and parking standards, as well as administrative standards for adjudicating penalties for violations of traffic and parking yjolations; and,
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago operates a Vision Zero commitment to infrastructure design and policy to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries from traffic crashes, noting "The City of Chicago believes that even one life lost in a traffic crash is unacceptable. We all have the right to walk, bike, take public transit, and drive on streets that are safe for everyone, regardless of who we are or where we live"; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Chicago ("the City Council") has recognized the importance of Vision Zero commitments, including through infrastructure spending to the Department of Transportation ("the Department").to establish more protected bike lanes and other traffic calming infrastructure, and through the passage of ordinances and hosting of hearings on the Department's Vision Zero policies; and,

WHEREAS, during hearings for Ordinance 2021-1227, which proposes to lift the threshold of automated speed camera enforcement against the recommendation of the Department of Transportation and against the principles of Vision Zero policy, numerous members ofthe City Council argued that automated speed enforcement penalties should proceed in a progressive manner, resulting in greater fines for higher speeds traveled (which correspond to a greater likelihood of death in the result of a crash); and,

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago issued a 2022 Climate Action Plan, which includes numerous strategies that are consistent with Vision Zero policies, including a strategy to "Increase Transit Performance and Encourage Equitable Transit-Oriented Development." This strategy includes numerous actions, such as: expanding the use o...

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