Common bicycle collision not counted in Illinois

Advocacy group says untracked collisions are most common

Jon Hilkevitch

Traffic laws were recently strengthened in Illinois to create safety buffers for bicyclists who share streets with drivers, but state transportation officials are rejecting pleas from cycling advocates to keep records on what they consider the most common type of vehicle-bike accident.

It involves, surprisingly, vehicles that are not moving.

That’s one of the reasons the Illinois Department of Transportation said it does not track accidents in which a vehicle door is flung open in the path of a bicyclist, even though serious injuries and at least one fatality have occurred in the last several years as the result of bicyclists being “doored.”

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