Here is a video from the Chicago Tribune that shows the D.O.T. and police force actually concerned about safety.
This comes from a story about Chicago recent “crackdown” on cycling and how they are working with the DOT and the cycling community for legitimate issues of safety. They recently parked themselves at one particular intersection and were on hand to warn cyclists.
Crackdown on bicyclists: 240 warnings, 1 ticket
By Jon Hilkevitch Tribune reporter
June 7, 2011
For motorists who think bicyclists in Chicago have been granted unconditional rights to violate every traffic law on the books, authorities were out in force today to suggest otherwise.
The sting was conducted at only one intersection near downtown, and only for two hours during the morning rush. But the site that was chosen is a complex intersection thatâ€™s a magnet for bicycling commuters, widespread disregard for red lights, and plenty of accidents and close calls, officials said.
Some 240 warnings and one ticket were issued by the end of the law enforcement and education operation, which was aimed at bicyclists pedaling through red lights and taking over crosswalks meant for pedestrians only, officials said. It was carried out by the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the City of Chicagoâ€™s Bicycling Ambassadors program in what officials dubbed a â€œshare the roadâ€ campaign.
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