and Crash Analysis
and Crash Analysis
More than 1000 bicycle accidents are reported to the Chicago Police
Department every year,1 with thousands more unreported. Effective enforcement
of traffic laws, based on an understanding of the circumstances of bicycle
crashes, will reduce the frequency and severity of these injuries.
the progress in implementing the enforcement strategies in this chapter
(Objective 1) will help ensure that they are implemented in a timely
manner. Training police officers on bicycling issues (Objective
help ensure enforcement of laws protecting bicyclists.
efforts on behaviors that most frequently endanger bicyclists (Objective
3) will effectively use limited enforcement resources. Strategies include
prior publicity, verbal warnings, and ticketing. The goal is not to simply
issue citations but to encourage voluntary compliance with the law.
laws should address the rights and responsibilities of Chicago’s bicyclists
(Objective 4). For example, the Chicago
Municipal Code should be updated to be consistent with the Illinois
Vehicle Code which
permits bicyclists to use a full travel lane to avoid hazardous conditions
(e.g., opening car doors, poor pavement, and narrow travel lanes).
improving the reporting and analysis of bicycle crashes (Objective
particularly studying the circumstances of serious injuries, will suggest
engineering, enforcement, and education countermeasures to help prevent
crashes from recurring.
Increase bicyclist safety through effective law
enforcement and detailed crash analysis.
Reduce the number of serious and severe bicycle crashes
by 50 percent by 2015.
- Monitor the progress of the Chicago Police Department’s bicyclist
- Train police officers on bicycling issues.
- Focus enforcement efforts on
traffic violations that pose the greatest threats to bicyclist
- Ensure that local laws address the rights and responsibilities
of Chicago’s bicyclists.
- Improve the reporting and analysis
of bicycle crashes.