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Winter can lead to serious risk for bicycle accidents in Chicago

Those who are truly devoted to biking as a form of transport and exercise know that winter weather doesn't mean the end of biking season. From proper outerwear to fat tires meant to better grip snowy and icy roads, there's gear that can make winter biking accessible for most who bike.

And, winter biking can be exhilarating! From the crisp rush of cold winter wind to the warp-like feeling that comes from snowflakes flying around your face as you pedal, winter biking is unlike biking during any other season. Sadly, for some bikers, winter biking can be the cause of a serious injury.

Bike accidents are common in Chicago

While the city of Chicago has made many strides to improve safety for bikers, accidents still happen with some regularity. From doorings, which happen when a driver opens one's door and injures or unseats a biker moving past, to collisions, bike accidents happen regularly in the city. While Chicago has been named the best bike city in the United States for 2016, that doesn't mean that biking accidents are becoming less common. Like those who travel in cars, bicyclists risk injury or even death when they take to the city streets of Chicago.

Bike lanes may be blocked by snow or parked cars

Even in the best of weather and traffic, Chicago bicyclists are likely to find sections of their bike lanes blocked by vehicles, garbage, or other items that impede their safe travel. Despite efforts to keep roads (and sidewalks) clean and clear of snow or ice accumulation, bike lanes may be compromised by excess snow or ice. Whether this is the result of plowing or property owners shoveling snow from the sidewalk into the street, it still poses an additional threat to winter cyclists. In order to avoid injury or accidents, those on bikes need to remain constantly vigilant while on the roads.

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