Push for bike safety improvements after cyclist killed on South Side

CHICAGO —  A 55-year-old cyclist is the seventh particular person killed in a crash this year and the third to die after being hit in a viaduct. 

Amy Rynell, govt director at Active Transportation Alliance, advised WGN News that autos placing cyclists is turning into an all too acquainted prevalence.  

“We are at a moment where our streets are unsafe for all users,” she stated. “We have so many people trying to get around and all the ways they’re getting around is not safe.”

According to police, the 55-year-old male cyclist was touring westbound within the 400 block of 26th St Saturday evening when a driver of an SUV headed in the identical path hit the again of the bike.   

Officials say the cyclist fell and was pinned beneath the automobile. 

The man was taken to Stroger Hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless.   

Police say the driving force was a 60-year-old girl, who was cited for failing to cease on the cease signal, not having insurance coverage, and for having an expired driver’s license.   

Despite 26th Street having a painted bike lane, Rynell believes extra must be performed. 

“Paint is not protection. It doesn’t save you from a speeding vehicle…that isn’t following the traffic rules. That painted bike lane fades as you get to the viaduct and then you have the shift from light to dark and dark to light.” 

Other earlier incidents embrace the loss of life of cyclist Gerardo Marciales who was killed on DuSable Lake Shore Drive in February, the hit and run loss of life of Nick Parlingayan in May in Old Irving Park and the loss of life of 3-year-old Lilly Shambrook in Uptown.   

“Chicago has about 4,000 miles of streets, about 9% of them have some type of bike paint and only 1% of them are protected for safety,”  

While some adjustments have been made to bike lanes within the metropolis, Rynell says her group has been pushing for sooner progress however admits it might probably get sophisticated.   

“Some of our roadways the state manages, so the state has to say “OK Chicago, make your roads safer and the state is really good at highways they’re not really good at city residential streets.” 

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While there’s an infrastructure portion to the problem, Rynell says it’s about educating drivers as properly.   

“We’ve seen an epidemic of speeding and lives lost unnecessarily because of reckless driving,” she stated. “So we need to do different things to slow cars down.” 

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