Overseas Bike Laws: Illinois – Cyclists being ‘doored’


Fed up with being doored? Tough action from Illinois:-

An excerpt from http://www.chicagobikelaws.wordpress.com.

“Under Illinois law it is illegal to open your door into traffic:

(625 ILCS 5/11‑1407) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11‑1407)
Sec. 11‑1407. Opening and closing vehicle doors. No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1069.)

The new Chicago Bicycle Safety Ordinance also prohibits opening a car door into the path of a cyclist.

“A person operating a motor vehicle must look to be sure it is safe before opening her/his door on the side available to moving traffic”.

Then Jim, a cycling lawyer, goes on to say:-

“If you have been doored, or if you crashed avoiding an open door you should treat the incident as any other accident. Get proper medical treatment, call the police, get witness information and call a lawyer before speaking to the insurance.”

His blog is very good and so I have added the link to my blog.

From the Chicago Tribune 6 February 2008:- Chicago gets tough with lawless motorists:-

“The mayor introduced an ordinance Wednesday that would slap fines ranging from $150 to $500 on motorists who turn left or right in front of someone on a bicycle; pass with less than three feet of space between car and bike; and open a vehicle door into the path of a cyclist”

Mayor Daley, like our Mayor Boris Johnson, is an avid cyclist.

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2 responses to “Overseas Bike Laws: Illinois – Cyclists being ‘doored’

  1. How many times has that happened to you being Doored or nearly Doored,well it has happened to me loads of occasions being nearly doored.Which is another reason for good Segregated Cycle Paths,and also no Cars or Buses being able to cross over the Cycle Lane to Park. On a lot of occasions they the Buses just cut in front of you nearly taking your Nose off to Park at Bus Stops.

  2. Being near parked cars = a perfect place for Sustrans to stick a cycle path!

    I hate this and you have to give the motorist eye contact and look behind you to see what the other lawless motorist is doing too. (It’s no wonder we get doored with so much to take in!) I assume that the parked motorist is an idiot so try to leave plenty of space, not always easy in heavy traffic.

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