Bicyclist Crushed by Dump Truck Friday Night
By JoshMogerman in News on Aug 6, 2011 7:15PM
Ghost Bike [Salim Virji]
Despite 117 miles of bike lanes in Chicago carving out street real estate for cyclists, accidents are still commonplace with an average of 3500 vehicle-bike crashes and 18-27 deaths annually according to the Trib and Illinois Department of Transportation.
Last night’s death will certainly magnify calls for a speed up in converting more streets to a Kinzie-style protected bike lane. While that conversion has been controversial, initial results have been impressive with a 60 percent increase in riders at Kinzie and Milwaukee during the morning rush over last year. And as Chuck’s conversation with Chicago GRID’s Steven Vance showed, the new configuration on Kinzie is the sort thing necessary to bring along the increases in bikers that the City is striving for with its Bike2015 plan.
Putting the policy stuff aside, last night’s horrific event seems like a more basic reminder of why we need more protected bike lanes -- putting an end to these unnecessary tragedies. We will be saddened to to see yet another ghost bike downtown tomorrow.