|Chapter 7||Law Enforcement and Crash Analysis: More than 1000 bicycle accidents are reported to the Chicago Police Department every year,1 with thousands more unreported. Effective enforcement of traffic laws, based on an understanding of the circumstances of bicycle crashes, will reduce the frequency and severity of these injuries.|
|Objective 3||Focus enforcement efforts on traffic violations that pose the greatest threats to bicyclist safety.|
Publicize and enforce the ordinance prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles in bike lanes.
Motor vehicles parked in bike lanes force bicyclists to merge into faster moving traffic unexpectedly, risking accidents and discouraging bike lane use. To encourage voluntary compliance, widely publicize the Department of Revenue's efforts to enforce the ordinance and post "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs at problematic locations. Continue having an intern enforce the bike lane ordinance between May and October, when there is more bicycle use.
|Peformance Measure||Enforce the ordinance between May and October, particularly at the 15-025 worst locations in Chicago, beginning in 2005. Publicize enforcement efforts with an annual press release, beginning in 2005. Post "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs at the 25 worst locations for double parking in 2006.|
|Tracker Notes||I've never seen the "No Parking in Bike Lane" signs nor heard of their presence. Bike lane enforcement has been extremely weak, issuing less than 10 each year from 2007 to 2011.|
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