Kane County Motor Vehicle Safety Law Update: The Kane County 2040 Transit Plan

The Kane County 2040 Transit Plan (the “Plan”) represents the long-term plan for Kane County’s transportation future. The Plan is designed to meet Kane County’s transportation needs until the year 2040.

The Plan takes into account the varied transportation needs of the county–from the rural areas in the western part of the county to the urban areas to the east. With Kane County’s population projected to rise by nearly 300,000 people over the next 30 years (most of which will occur in the urban areas in the eastern part of Kane County), the Plan seeks to balance the transit needs in the rural areas with those needs in the urban areas.

Protecting Cyclists, Pedestrians, and Motorists from Injuries.

Many car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents occur when different activities conflict. Farmers transporting hay, cattle, feed, and equipment cause unanticipated hazards to pedestrians and motorists. In addition, non-recreational activities, whether in a rural or urban setting, can collide with the recreational activities of bike riders and pedestrians. The Fox River Trail, which runs from Algonquin to Aurora along the Fox River, is one of the safest places in the county for cyclists and pedestrians, yet accidents often occur when riders, walkers, and runners are transitioning onto city streets and traversing intersections. There are several points on the trail that require cyclists and pedestrians to cross streets in order to continue on the trail. In Aurora, for instance, traversing the intersection at Illinois Avenue and the Fox River Trail has been identified by the League of Illinois Bicyclists as particularly difficult. The communities along the Fox River are currently Kane County’s most populous, and as the population of Kane County rises, the number of motorists, bikers, and pedestrians will surely rise too, presenting more opportunities for broken bones, shoulder injuries, back and neck injuries, and injuries to minors that often arise out of bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.

The Kane County Transportation Plan is comprehensive plan that takes into consideration the activities that take place on Kane County’s interstates, highways, streets, sidewalks, trails, and paths. If an accident does occur, contact the Kane County personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of John J. Malm & Associates.

Kane County

Kane County is a highly trafficked corridor of Illinois. The southern boundary is Interstate 88 (Ronald Regan Memorial Highway) and the northern boundary is Interstate 90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway). In addition, the Fox River, bounded by U.S. Highway 31 to the West and U.S. Highway 25 to the East, runs along the east side of Kane County. Along the way, the Fox River, Highway 31, and Highway 25 run through the largest Kane County cities of Carpentersville, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, Elgin, South Elgin, Valley View, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, Aurora, and Montgomery with 57% of Kane County’s population located in Elgin and Aurora.

With Kane County’s population projected to increase by approximately 300,000 people over the next 30 years, city planners and traffic safety engineers anticipate increased motor vehicle accidents. More traffic leads to more accidents. Contact the Kane County personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of John J. Malm and Associates if you or a loved one has been injured on Kane County or DuPage County roads, highways, interstates, bike paths, sidewalks, or intersections.