More Warnings, Few Tickets For Bicyclists Ignoring Traffic Laws
While the City of Chicago has seemingly stepped up its enforcement events on bike riders, as in recent past years, disproportionate numbers of warnings are being issued compared to actual traffic violations–at least according to a story at DNA Info Chicago.
This past Wednesday afternoon, Chicago police and Chicago Department of Transportation Bike Ambassadors were at Damen and Armitage trying to promote general traffic safety for bikers, pedestrians and motor vehicles.
According to the piece, while numerous legal violations by cyclists were spotted by the five policemen on duty, including riding on the sidewalk, not obeying traffic signals or riding against traffic, only 20 warnings were issued in the form of an educational flier.
Although, the same story reports that a similar event at Armitage and Milwaukee in May resulted in eight tickets which carried fines were issued.
100 such events, where more fliers will be issued to bike riders who ignore traffic laws, are scheduled to take place in 2013.
Here’s DNA Info’s full story, “Chicago Bicyclists, Drivers Issued Warnings in Bucktown Crackdown.”