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Do you know what a Dutch Reach is?

Do you remember your parents teaching you to look both ways before crossing the road when you were a child? Do you remember your parents teaching you to let a dog sniff your hand before you pet it? These are common safety measures that get ingrained into our heads until they're habits when we're children.

Have you ever ridden your bike on a train platform?

The combination of bicycle and Chicago Transit Authority travel can get you where you want to go quickly. Just show up to the CTA station with your bike, and put it on the train. However, you should never ride your bike on the train platform. If you lose your balance, you could fall on the tracks and get hit by a train.

What risk factors result in bicycle crash injuries?

In studying the efficiency of energy use in the animal kingdom, scientists have discovered that the condor moves with the highest level of effectiveness. A walking human being, on the other hand, operates at a far lower -- almost embarrassing -- level. Put a human on a bicycle, and this efficiency goes off the charts.

Did you crash into someone's door while riding your bike?

It's every bicyclist's worst nightmare. You're riding down the street and a line of vehicles is parked parallel to your right along the road. You're following all traffic laws and riding carefully, then out of nowhere, the drivers' side doors of one of the parked cars flies open directly in your path. You crash into the door, go flying over your handlebars and your body smashes into the concrete.

Was your son hit by a car while riding his bike?

A child bicycle accident might happen like this: Your 11-year-old son was riding his brand new bicycle to the convenience store one Saturday afternoon to buy a soft drink and a candy bar. Being the child that he was, he didn't judge the traffic appropriately before crossing the road, and a motorist clipped the back wheel of his bicycle sending him flying.

Cyclists: Who's to blame for your dooring accident?

One of the things cyclists know they have to look out for are drivers who park and swing their doors open without looking in the lane next to them. Cyclists have to ride as far to the right as possible on a road, and that sometimes means riding close to parked vehicles. Throwing a door open suddenly gives a cyclist no time to maneuver, leading to a dooring accident. If this happens, you have the option of pursuing a claim against the driver.

Dooring accidents are hard to avoid in Chicago

For many, riding a bike is a way of life. From commuting to training for the next race, people are riding bicycles all over the city. For the commuter, such as yourself, your route is usually limited from home to work during the majority of the time. You know every blind intersection and pothole going to and from your office.

Dooring accidents in Chicago: An Overview

People choose to bike in the city of Chicago for a range of reasons. Some people choose to commute to school or work on a bike because they want to help reduce their environmental impact. Others may find biking faster than driving, if they need to move through congested traffic areas regularly. Some may use bicycling as a means of exercising and staying in shape.

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.

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