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Staying safe while bicycling around Chicago

Bicyclists can enjoy the great sights in Chicago from a fun vantage point. The city has bike lanes and other features to help cyclists remain safe, but everyone on the roads must do their part to keep them safe. Understanding some of the rules and laws, as well as a few of the hazards that bicyclists face, can help everyone remain safe.

One of the most important things to remember is that cyclists should always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear, including vibrant or reflective clothing that makes them easy to spot. On top of that, make sure the bicycle is in good shape.

Lawsuit filed after alleged sexual abuse at school

If you were the parent of a teenage girl who was sexually assaulted by an older male student at her high school, you would likely be up in arms and seeking justice. That is the situation one father of a 25-year-old student at Chicago's Lincoln Park High School found himself in after his daughter explained what happened to her.

A 17-year-old fellow student is allegedly her rapist, an anonymous lawsuit claims. The suit also charges school officials for not stopping her assault earlier in 2020.

Tips to run safely in downtown Chicago

You live in Chicago, but you don't want a gym membership to stay fit. You just want to get out and jog a few miles every day. You know that you could drive to a park or even out of the city to do it, but that adds so much time to what may just be a 20- or 30-minute run. You'd rather just get out on the sidewalks near your apartment.

Only 2 cities have worse traffic than Chicago

Whether you're walking, driving or riding your bike, you feel like the Chicago traffic just works against you constantly. At rush hour, far too many cars pack the streets, leading to traffic jams and road rage. When tourists come to town, they cause havoc trying to find their way. You also see far too many distracted, reckless and aggressive drivers -- three types of drivers who tend to cause a lot of car accidents.

Is it just you, or does everyone feel this way? Is the traffic really that bad?

What do people do before getting out of the car?

You're riding down the street, in the bike lane. Cars line the road. You know the risk of getting doored, so you've been keeping an eye on the cars. As long as you have looked down the street, no new cars have parked. You figure they're all empty.

Then, without warning, a man swings his door open and steps into the street. Maybe you hit the door. Maybe you swerve to avoid it and get hit by a car in the street. Either way, you wind up in the hospital. You have serious spinal cord injuries and may never ride -- or walk -- again.

Can you ride a fat bike in the snow?

Do you wish you could keep riding your bike all winter long? Maybe your reasoning is simple: You use your bike for transportation. You don't own a car. This is how you get to work in Chicago. It's not just a hobby that you do in your spare time. You are a cyclist because it's the best way to get around the city.

The good news is that even snow and ice do not have to prevent you from riding your bike. You can ride a fat bike -- essentially a mountain bike with wider tires -- regardless of the weather.

Common causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents

You don't have to spend much time in Chicago to realize that there are pedestrians everywhere. From people walking to and from work to those bicycling for leisure, Chicago is one of those cities where many people understand the benefits of alternative transportation.

As a pedestrian, it's critical to understand the most common causes of accidents, as this knowledge can help prevent serious trouble. Here are some of the most common mistakes that drivers make:

  • Distracted driving: Imagine a situation in which a driver is texting while entering a crowded intersection. This could lead them to lose track of pedestrians, thus greatly increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Speeding: Any time a driver operates their vehicle in excess of the speed limit there's a greater chance of an accident with another vehicle or pedestrian.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians: Drivers are required by law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, but this doesn't always happen. Maybe a driver is in a hurry so they attempt to rush through a busy crosswalk. Or maybe they're not paying attention and do so unknowingly. Either way, it puts all pedestrians at risk.
  • Driving under the influence: Drugs and/or alcohol impair a driver's ability to obey the rules of the road and make sound decisions.
  • Failure to alter driving style based on weather conditions: For instance, during the winter months there will be times when there is snow or ice on the ground. If a driver doesn't slow down in these conditions, they're at greater risk of losing control of their vehicle.

How fast does food poisoning hit?

You go out to eat with your friends. The night itself goes well. You all park your bikes outside of a little deli. You get pretty quick service. You have great conversations as you sit and eat together. The food tastes great at the time and you have no idea that anything is wrong.

The truth, though, is that you got contaminated food. The great flavor covered it up, but you still wind up with food poisoning. How fast is that going to hit?

Special risks to consider when cycling in the Chicago winter

For many passionate cyclists, getting on their bike is not something they stop wanting to do just because the weather gets rather chilly. Avid cyclists will try to continue engaging in their sport of choice regardless of weather factors, even in a city known for its blustery winters like Chicago.

While there will certainly be bitterly cold days that will deter the most avid cyclist, quite a few people will find their way onto Chicago streets with their bikes regardless of the weather outside. Cyclists are often dedicated to their sport, whether they do it for health or environmental reasons.

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