I head back to Chicago in 19 days for the summer where I will probably be biking everyday. I keep up with the forums and everything and I posted a few weeks ago about some of the problems that it seems Chicago is having.
One of the issues I mentioned was that bikers were calling for the Illinois Department of Transportation to record and count dooring accidents as car/bike accidents. And even though Chicago reported the accidents to the state, they were not counting them because the car wasn’t in motion.
I was pretty excited this morning to see this article: Illinois to start tracking bicycle ‘dooring’ collisions
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn read a previous article which I mentioned in my last post about the dooring accidents not being counted and he immediately tried to change it. They’re announcing the change Monday and it will take effect immediately.
“Anyone who rides a bike can tell you that dooring is a serious issue,” Quinn said. “One of the best ways we can increase public safety is by making sure we’ve got the best and most comprehensive data possible. That’s why we’ve made this change.”
It’s nice to see that a government official heard about a problem and handled it directly and efficiently. Some of the comments from IDOT was that it would create more paperwork, and create a police burden, etc. and I’m glad that they were overruled.
Definitely a win for bikers!