The weather in the Chicago area is moving toward the bitter temperatures of winter. Many avid cyclists opt to still ride throughout these cold temperatures, which increases their risk of encountering hazards on the road.
Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Since cyclists don't have any exterior protection -- aside from a helmet hopefully -- getting struck by a vehicle can easily end in catastrophic injuries for the bicyclist, and zero injuries for the motorist.
Tragic "dooring" accidents are catching Chicago bicyclists off-guard left and right. With the city's horrible bicycle safety statistics, Chicago is clearly lacking when it comes to keeping pedal-powered bikers free from harm. On the other hand, Denmark, and its capital city of Copenhagen, both boast envious bicycle safety records.
You love riding your bike, but you know there are hazards each time you hit the road. One such hazard is dooring. If a driver doesn't see you, he or she could open a door into your lane and cause a head-on collision. Many cyclists are badly hurt in these crashes, while others are killed.
Bicycling is one of the healthiest fitness activities you can engage in. However, if you're involved in an accident on your bike, you might not survive -- especially if the accident involves getting struck by an automobile.
We've all heard about the tragedy of "dooring" accidents in the Chicago area. Last year, it was reported that these potentially fatal bicycle versus car accidents increased by 50 percent in Chicago.
Once winter finally gives way to spring, in the Schaumburg and Greater Chicago metro area, bicycles become common sites on our roads and sidewalks. people head out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Experienced bikers know that laws for allowing bikes in traffic lanes are often ignored by frustrated and irrational drivers.
As someone who enjoys riding your bike, you may already be familiar with the term, "dooring." Dooring is when a driver opens his or her door into your lane of travel without looking. Since you have no time to stop, you'll hit the door and be thrown from your bicycle.
A couple months ago, Chicago passed a new law to improve bicycle safety. The motivation for the law was two-fold: Increase safety for bicyclists and increase traffic flow. The law allows motorists to pass bicyclists in otherwise no-passing areas and it also lets bicyclists ride on the shoulders of roads.