CHICAGO ORDINANCE PROTECTS CYCLISTS

$500 Fine for Bicycle Crashes

“Chicago cyclists are cheering passage of a significant local ordinance promising much greater protection from motorists. The legislation* — endorsed by the Mayor and city Department of Transportation — prohibits opening a door into moving traffic; sets a three-foot minimum passing distance; increases fines for parking in a bike lane or marked shared lane; and prohibits motorists from turning right in front of a bicyclist. The ordinance sets a minimum fine of $500 when these actions lead to a bicycle crash. The provision was a major goal of the 2015 Bike Plan, and was backed enthusiastically by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.”

Click: Chicago Bike Ordinance for full text.

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