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.”

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130508/chicago/rahm-ramps-up-bike-fines-but-also-offers-dooring-protection

10 Responses to Mayor Proposes Stiffer Fines For Dooring, Bike Violations

  1. Drew says:

    Rahm has to convince the CPD to actually enforce bike riders then.

    Until then, there is no way to adjust the mentality of the reckless bike riders.

  2. Jeff says:

    Let’s see. Tiny Dancer and his socialist Transportation Commissar, Gabe Klein, design a Dearborn Street bike lane, where drivers of parked cars could be opening their doors into an active northbound bike lane.

    Then they capitalize in that design f*ckup by setting up a stiff $1,000 fine for “dooring” (the very hazard that their poorly designed bike lane has created).

    So, careless motorists will pay for that f*ckup at the rate of $1,000 a hit (pun intended).

    Bicyclists will pay for that f*ckup with serious injury or worse.

    Tip of the hat to John Kass for pointing out this irony in his column today (as much as it leaves a bad taste in my mouth to say anything nice about that douche-bucket):

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0509-20130509,0,543755.column

    And by the way, as the Geek and others predicted last year, rush hour traffic on Dearborn is orders of magnitude worse than it was before the installation of the Dearborn bike lane. Who could have guessed that taking away a driving lane would create a rush hour traffic jam?

  3. B says:

    Look at these clowns in government. They created the danger with the bike lanes in the first place. It used to be possible to ride outside the door zone without any trouble in Chicago. Then the city started painting these bike lanes that are almost entirely within the door zone. Motorists now feel bicyclists are out of ‘their place’ if they ride outside the door zone. Now they have to address a problem of bicyclists getting doored? Laff. Morons. They caused this problem. But they’ll solve it with punishment! that’s government’s solution to practically every problem. Punishment backed up with violence.

    Maybe what they should do is get the sander out and remove the paint and go back to a system of wide curb lanes that worked just fine and tell the anti-car bicycling advocacy groups to grow some balls and learn how to ride as part of traffic.

  4. Pete says:

    I guess Rahm is a little different than Daley after all. But I wonder if this will really be enforced.

  5. B says:

    If the citizens don’t do what you want, the solution is always to make something “more” illegal (longer jail terms or bigger fines).

    That always works, right?

  6. Anonymous says:

    The dooring fine might have an unintended consequence. That is, people will be deterred from parking on busy streets where Darwin Award Contestants are plentiful… and where pay boxes are. Nobody wants to pay $1000 for presenting a cyclist with a Darwin Award by opening a door – and have to feed the pay box to have the potential “privilege”.

  7. David says:

    Dooring is something tht must be deterred. I almost got picked off today by a woman that type into the street without looking and opened her door. I nearly hit her…. Oh yes… I was in a Camry. Dooring is not limited to bicycles.

  8. David says:

    No. Sheridan SIDEWALK cyclists are about to feel the wrath of Rahm. Most bicyclists don’t have an issue with that. If you want to be on the sidewalk with your bicycle, be under 12 or be walking it.

  9. Capt M-Plate says:

    David..

    Have you looked at Sheridan Traffic lately?

    North of Hollywood….its a Construction nightmare….one lane North/South until about Granville.

    North of Devon…..During Rush Hour…no way in hell do I want to consider riding in the Street on Sheridan…And If I was actually working that area of the City on a bike for the job…I’d be on the sidewalk as well.

    From Foster to Irving/Byron…no reason to be on the Sidewalk…even though its a 2 way 1 lane. It’s wide enough for safe bike travel in the street. From Montrose to Hollywood…I’d say the same.

    South of Peterson…I’d agree there is no reason to be on the sidewalk.

    The cops need to get their heads out of their asses and actually cite bike riders for this all around the City plus all the Reckless Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign or Stop Light crap…and not just in your Yuppie “NIMBY” area of Edgewater/Rodgers Park.

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