Ald. Cappleman works with City Council to pass Residential Zone Biking Lanes Ordinance in 1 day

Ordinance also includes Bicycle Wheel Tax and Sticker

UPTOWN – This is not an April Fool’s Joke. In an amazing feat of efficiency Friday, March 30th, the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee, City Council Finance Committee and the full City Council all approved the Residential Zone Biking Lanes Ordinance (RZBLO) with only 5 nay votes between all.

Cappleman noted “[The] Community vote was overwhelmingly in approval of this. This is way better than burdening building developers with parking space costs in new buildings.”

Cappleman continued “The best part is this ordinance protects the City’s commitment to equal access for everyone. All wards must have at least one bike lane free of zone restrictions, ward border to ward border in each of the North-South and East-West directions!”

All Chicago residents and visitors driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a bicycle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Bicycle Rider Wheel Tax and must purchase a personal Chicago City Bicycle Rider Sticker annually. This includes all Chicago residents and non-residents that use a bicycle in the City. The Chicago City Bicycle Rider Stickers will be available starting May 1st at a cost of $109 for residents and $149 for non-residents.

Chicago residents living within an established Residential Biking Zone may be eligible to purchase Chicago Residential Biking Annual Permits for $86 each and/or purchase Chicago Residential Biking Daily Permits for $25 each, which are guest passes that are valid for 24 hours upon the date and time of display.

The Office of the City Clerk notes that “We want bicyclists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a resident or non-resident Chicago City Bicycle Rider Sticker before using a bicycle on any Chicago street to avoid fees and fines. On zoned streets you must have the appropriate zone permit to avoid fees and fines.”

The following restrictions for zone bicycling apply:

Residents purchasing Residential Zone Bicycling for their Chicago City Bicycle Rider Sticker must reside at a Chicago address within a designated residential bicycling zone, which must be demonstrated by proof of address. The Residential Zone Bicycling Permit expires at the same time as the Chicago City Bicycle Rider Sticker for which it was purchased. The Office of the City Clerk reserves the right to deny sale of the zone bicycling permit if it is determined the purchaser has attempted to violate the rules regulating the Chicago Residential Zone Bicycling Permit.

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