Cyclist Death Focuses Attention On Dooring
Dooring is what its called when a driver of a parked motor vehicle inadvertently opens their car door into an oncoming bike rider–many times with injurious results.
One young attorney biking to work last Friday swerved to avoid a door opening on Wells St. and ended up as a fatal statistic when an oncoming truck struck him. This is the fifth bicyclist traffic death this year according to GridChicago’s Steven Vance.
WBEZ is reporting many people in the biking community are clamoring for more protected bike lanes to reduce future horrible dooring incidents.
Cyclists contend the protected bike lanes are not adjacent to rows of parked cars, like traditional bike lanes. Rather, protected bike lanes are adjacent to the curb and vehicles park further toward the center of the traffic lane.
WBEZ created a map documenting the 577 dooring incidents which have occurred over the past four years.
Not surprisingly, the northside of the city, where the majority of people using bikes for transportation live and work, is where most of the incidents occur. Looking closer, Milwaukee Ave. and Clark St. the two major city biking corridors is where many dooring accidents happen.
Here’s WBEZ’s very compelling dooring map and Steven Vance’s photos and coverage of the fatal accident at GridChicago.com, “Fatality Tracker: Cyclist avoids dooring and falls under wheels of semi truck.”