City Council Passes Stricter Traffic Laws For Motorists, Bikers
The new law increases fines for bicycle riders from $25 for an infraction to $50 to as much as $200.
But the ordinance also means heavier fines for motorists. Motorists who “door” a bike rider will see fines double from $500 to $1000 and increases the fine for opening a door into traffic to $300.
The city says about 250 drivers were ticketed in dooring incidents in 2012.
According to DNA Info, Mayor Emanuel praised the new law because he feels both motorists and bike riders have shared responsibility for traffic safety.
Emanuel said the city’s residents have to agree to share the road. “We are bicyclists, we are drivers,” he said. “I want bicyclists to know they have a responsibility just like drivers.”
Emanuel said it was a two-way street for cyclists and drivers — as well as passengers, adding, “They have to drive and ride responsibly.”
Read the full story, “Mayor Applauds New Bicycle, Auto Rules of the Road.”