Mayor Proposes Stiffer Fines For Dooring, Bike Violations
At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a biking related ordinance which affects both motorists and bike riders according to DNA Info Chicago.
If the ordinance gets passed, drivers who “door” a cyclist would face fines up to $1000. Dooring is when a driver or passenger accidentally opens up a car door into the path of a bicyclist riding by. Over 250 dooring incidents were reported in Chicago last year. Dooring incidents often lead to injury or even death in some cases.
Drivers who leave a door open in traffic could also be fined $300 in the Mayor’s new proposal.
The other component of Emanuel’s ordinance would be raising fines for bike riders who disobey traffic laws from the current $25 to $50 to $200 per incident. Although, traffic violations for bike riders are rarely enforced.
But the Mayor is talking a bit tougher, telling DNA Info:
“If they are sharing the roadway with vehicles, cyclists must obey all traffic laws, including yielding to pedestrians, stopping at traffic signals and indicating when they are making turns,” Emanuel said. “When the traffic laws are obeyed, everyone is safer. By increasing the fines for failing to obey the law, cyclists will behave more responsibly, increasing safety and encouraging others to ride bikes.”
Read DNA Info Chicago,’s full story, “Rahm Ramps Up Bike Fines And Offers ‘Dooring’ Protection.”