Today’s Headlines

  • No Surprise: Milwaukee in Wicker Park Has City’s Highest Bike Crash Rate (DNA)
  • Fare Hikes, Service Disruptions Show Need for More Transit Funding (Active Trans)
  • In Wake of Son’s Death Family Calls for CTA Third Rail Protection (RedEye)
  • More Coverage of Gates’ Selection for Red 95th Art Project (WBEZ, Chicago, NBC)
  • CDOT: Divvy Bike-Share is Exceeding Ridership Expectations (Sun-Times)
  • 2 Killed in Motorcycle Crash on I-80 Near Mokena (Tribune)
  • 1 Killed, 3 Injured After Driver Strikes Ped, Other Cars in Sleepy Hollow (Tribune)
  • Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run SUV Driver in Avondale  (Tribune, CBS)
  • Before Dying, Shooting Victim Runs Over Attacker With Car in Marquette Park (Tribune)
  • Female Motorist Killed By Driver Fleeing Police in West Humboldt Park (Sun-Times)
  • 12 Injured in Gurnee Pileup (Sun-Times)
  • Witnessing Someone Try to Scam an Injury Settlement Out of the CTA (Tattler)

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  • Anonymous

    Quick question/statement, when CDOT says highest crash rate on Milwaukee, they’re talking rate per distance, right? (ie there are more crashes per block on this x block stretch than elsewhere).

    It seems like a better (but harder to quanitfy) number would be rate per cycler per distance. ie, Milwaukee through Wicker Park has a large number of cyclists, so of course the crash rate is going to be higher, but is it actually more *dangerous* to ride on? eg, (all numbers in this example pulled out of my ass), if there are 3x as many accidents as another street, but 100x as many cyclists, it’s actually safer.

    You have the correct headline, not calling it more dangerous, but DNA doesn’t.

  • No, because the number of cyclists at many given locations isn’t known. The DNA article says “crash rate per mile” which leads me to believe rate = crashes/mile.

  • The DNA article has some contextless tidbits of information, like “Almost 15 percent of cyclists who died in fatal crashes were above the legal limit for blood-alcohol content”. There is no legal limit for blood-alcohol content while riding a bicycle like there is for driving a car. This data needs more nuanced explanation – where were these cyclists riding? Which drivers collided with them?

  • Correct. What_eva, you are right that the DNA title is misleading. These diagonal streets aren’t necessarily “worse” or “more dangerous” for cycling than other streets, but they’re more popular for biking than other streets, hence the higher number of crashes. These streets are popular because they’re direct routes to and from downtown. As such, they should be prioritized for safety improvements appropriately, CDOT has designated these Milwaukee and Clark as Spoke Routes and most of Lincoln as a Crosstown Bike Route in the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020: http://www.chicagobikes.org/pdf/CitywideSFC2020Network2012.pdf

  • CL

    I didn’t know it was legal to bike while drunk. I guess it’s safer for everyone else if drunk people bike instead of driving home — but it still seems dangerous. I have a friend who biked home while wasted, and she crashed and got banged up pretty bad (no other vehicles involved) — I just assumed she was breaking the law.

    The fact that they tested for alcohol at all makes me think it’s part of the investigation — drivers must be using the results to defend themselves against charges for hitting and killing someone.

  • Biking while drunk is not recommended, but it’s not illegal in Illinois: http://votewithyourfeetchicago.blogspot.com/2010/09/can-you-get-dui-for-biking-while.html

  • Fred

    I have a simple solution to the 3rd rail problem: *DON’T BE A DRUNK ASSHOLE*

    According to the cta 230,972,984 rides were taken on CTA trains in 2012. 6 people died. That means you have a .00000259% chance of death by 3rd rail. If you were to commute by CTA train to and from work, every day for 40 years (10/week x 50 weeks x 40 years = 4000 trips), you would still only have a .01% chance of death by 3rd rail.

    Lets put money towards an actual problem.

  • There are other citations that are applicable to people bicycling while drunk: public intoxication and open container (if that applies).

  • Did all 6 of those people die because of coming into contact with the third rail?

  • Fred

    From the Redeye article: “Six riders died last year after coming in contact with the third rail, the CTA said. Two people have died this year–La Valle and a California man who fell onto the tracks at the Addison Red Line stop June 7.”

  • jen b

    +10 Fred. Don’t get so drunk you can’t remain standing on the platform.