Bicyclists in Chicago who ride for pleasure, exercise or their daily commute know that, every time they hit the streets, they face the very real risk of getting into a bicycle accident through no fault of their own.
Even though the city boasts more than 200 miles of on-street protected, buffered and shared bike lanes, Chicago also sees an average of 1,500 bicycle crashes that result in injury every year, according to a City of Chicago study that examined crash data from a five-year period between 2005 and 2010.
The study also provided an indication of the most dangerous areas for cycling within the City of Chicago.
Six community areas just north and northwest of the Loop had the highest amount of bicycle usage and accounted for more than one-third of bicycle accidents that included injuries. A total of 3,206 crashes occurred in:
There were also large pockets of crashes on primary diagonal streets that serve the Loop area, including Milwaukee Avenue, Lincoln Avenue and Clark Street, particularly where Lincoln and Clark converge.
About 55 percent of bicycle crashes that resulted in injury or death occurred at intersections.
Outside of intersections, the stretches of street with the most crashes were:
Another common cause of injury is “dooring,” or opening a vehicle’s door into a bicyclist. The highest number of dooring crashes, a total of 164, occurred on:
The City of Chicago report outlines recommendations for reducing bicycle crashes, including changes in road design, new education and public awareness programs and increased law enforcement efforts.
We can help if a road user’s behavior caused you to be injured in a Chicago bicycle accident. We work with bicycle accident victims to seek compensation when they have been injured in accidents caused by others’ negligence or recklessness. To learn more, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. today for a free legal consultation.