Miller’s bike blackout plan up for debate


Alderman and mayoral candidate Brian Miller's proposal to repeal an ordinance requiring bicyclists in Evanston to use lights at night comes up for review at the Human Services Committee meeting Tuesday.

Miller, at last month's committee meeting claimed police were using the bike light ordinance as an inappropriate pretext for stopping late-night riders who they suspect may have committed some other, more serious crime.

At his request, the city's legal staff has drafted an ordinance to make the change.

Other aldermen on the committee seemed skeptical of Miller's proposal last month, and it appeared unlikely then that the idea would get out of committee.

In any case, a state law, 625 ILCS 5/11-1507, also makes it illegal to operate a bicycle at night without a light.

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