Develop and implement an enforcement program targeting motorist behaviors that are the greatest threats to bicyclist safety.

Strategy 7.3.3 Details

Chapter 7Law 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 3Focus enforcement efforts on traffic violations that pose the greatest threats to bicyclist safety.

Strategy 3

Develop and implement an enforcement program targeting motorist behaviors that are the greatest threats to bicyclist safety.

ailure to yield is the most common type of motorist-bicyclist crash.2 Speeding significantly increases the severity of crashes. These behaviors discourage thousands of people from bicycling in Chicago. Increase the effectiveness of the targeted campaigns with innovative traffic law enforcement strategies including saturation patrols targeting a specific area, speed display, radar, and video cameras. Increase the effectiveness of traffic enforcement through media coverage, thereby broadcasting the bicycle safety message far beyond the direct impact of those stopped by police. Couple the enforcement with education, to increase its effectiveness (see Chapter 5: Education, Strategy 1.2.). Use cadets and other cost-effective staffing.

Peformance MeasureStage education and enforcement campaigns in 3-5 police districts per year, beginning in 2006. Increase to 5-10 police districts per year by 2010. Publicize beforehand to encourage voluntary compliance.
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