ACTION NEEDED: Stop the Increase of the Speed Limit Threshold

Updated: Jul 20

UPDATED: 7/20/2022 @ 3:50pm - Updated map from expected votes to final votes by alders.

UPDATED: 7/20/2022 @ 2:49pm - Motion Failed. The speed threshold will remain at 6 mph. We've updated our tables and web page with all final votes. Thank you to everyone who reached out to your alders. It clearly had an effect.

UPDATED: 7/20/2022 @ 11:56am - tables have been updated to include which alders showed up late for todays vote.

UPDATED: 7/20/2022 @ 11:04am - tables have been updated to include which alders were present and which were absent from todays vote. 4 of the 8 alders with undecided votes were absent: Ward 16, Stephanie D. Coleman, Ward 20 Jeanette Taylor, Ward 26, Roberto Maldonado, Ward 33 Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez

UPDATED: 7/20/2022 @ 9:53 am - the vote for the speed threshold increase will take place at 10 am today. Here’s a link to tune in remotely.

UPDATED: 7/19/2022 @ 11:55 pm - we just received word Alder Byron Sigcho-Lopez will be voting to keep the current speed threshold. Our map and table have been updated to reflect this change. 2 more votes are needed.

UPDATED: 7/18/2022 @ 3:55 pm - updated to include process for signing up to make public comment at the committee

UPDATED: 7/18/2022 @ 11:35 am - Cardona, of the 31st ward, is now expected to vote against increasing the speed threshold. Maps and data below have been updated to reflect this update.

This Wednesday, July 20, 2022, city council will vote to decide what the speed camera ticket threshold will be. Currently, the speed threshold is 6 mph over, meaning anyone driving 6 miles an hour over the speed limit in an area with a speed camera is eligible for a speeding ticket. Multiple alders are in favor of raising the speed threshold to 10 mph over the speed limit. This means, anyone driving 9 miles over the speed limit would not be ticketed.

Background & Stats

  • CALL to ACTION: this will be a close vote that could go either way. An all time record high of cyclists and pedestrians have been killed in Chicago the past few years. Raising the speed threshold will likely raise the death toll. We need folks to reach out to their alders and ask how they plan to vote on this issue. (See map & tables below)

  • In order to keep the speed threshold to 6 mph, a total of 26 alders will need to vote against raising the speed threshold.

  • Below, we have identified how we expect each alder to vote. (See map & tables below)

  • Currently 8 alder votes are unknown. These votes will be critical as they will determine the final outcome. (See map & tables below)

  • We anticipate 24 alders will vote to keep the speed threshold to 6 mph. At least 3 more votes are needed in favor of keeping the speed threshold at 6 mph. (See map & tables below)

  • Based on public statements, 18 alders support raising the speed threshold. Those in favor of raising the speed threshold would need 8 more votes in order to increase the speed threshold to allow drivers to drive 10 mph over the speed limit without impunity. (See map & tables below)


Call to Action

Below we have mapped wards by how we expect each alder to vote on this issue.

  • Call/email your alder to find out where they stand. Feel free to carbon copy us on any emails:

  • If your alder is listed as undecided, your calls and emails could be critical to helping them understanding how their constituents would like them to vote. (See map & tables below)

  • Ask your alder how they plan to vote on this issue.

  • Please let us know if you learn an alder is likely voting in a different direction than what we have listed.

  • Need a calendar reminder to call/email your alder? Schedule a reminder here

  • Sign up to speak at the committee during the public comment s