April 2, 2002
House members also saw a motorized scooter shoot through the
Statehouse, and they overwhelmingly passed a bill allowing people to
ride it on sidewalks.
Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), drew a crowd as he whizzed around
the Statehouse on the Segway Human Transporter, a device he says
will change the way people get around.
"It's like you're floating, it's remarkable," Burke said.
It's now up to the Senate to decide whether to pass this bill along to
Gov. Ryan. If it becomes law, each municipality in the state will
decide whether they want it on their sidewalks.
The plan has already drawn fire from 48th Ward Ald. Mary Ann
Smith, who said it would be a disaster on sidewalks like Sheridan
Road in Edgewater, where the city has cracked down on bicyclists on