Today’s Headlines

  • Metra Gets Funding for Positive Train Control in Bill on Obama’s Desk (Crain’s)
  • 32nd Ward Anti-BRT Alderman Waguespack to Participate in “Ask Me Anything” From 1-3 P.M. (Reddit)
  • Canaryville Residents Ask for Divvy at Eight Locations (DNA)
  • Law Firm Tries Scare Press Release Painting Divvy as Dangerous (Digital Journal)
  • Driver Denies Causing Bicyclist Crash Caught on Dashcam Video (My Bike Advocate)
  • Reginald Green, 29, Gets DUI in Yesterday’s Ashland/Chicago Crash That Hurt Seven (CBS)
  • Outside Prosecutor Brought In to Try CBS 2 Reporter With DUI (Beacon)
  • Columnist Quizzes Motorists on Lawful Way to Turn Left at Intersections (Tribune)
  • City Publishes Interactive Map Showing Recently Fixed Potholes (DNA)
  • Play Reenacating CTA Riders’ Experience to Have 100th Saturday Showing (RedEye)

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  • David Altenburg

    That Law Firm Divvy Press release contains this statement:

    “Bicycles have long been involved in a disproportionate percentage of traffic accidents.”

    It has a link, but the link does not lead to any form of substantiation. It’s stated like it’s a well-known fact, but if so, it’s news to me. Does anyone know if that’s true?

  • WestLooper

    It’s not a well-defined statement of fact in the first place. “Disproportionate” to what?

  • BlueFairlane

    Exactly. It’s a nonsense statement.

  • Thanks, updated the link.

  • The whole press release is a scam. I realize I’m giving the law firm the attention they want, but I think it’s worth highlighting their tactics. This is not the tactic that firms who specialize in bike and pedestrian crashes (like FK Law Illinois, Illinois Bicycle Lawyer, and Chicago Bike Law Firm) engage in. These firms will only take on these types of crashes. Driver hit a bike? They won’t do it.

  • SP_Disqus

    They’re ambulance chasing people who get into accidents on a Divvy so they can bring a lawsuit against the company. It’s definitely shameless.

  • Divvy and other bike-share systems have a much lower crash rate than bicycling at large.

  • BlueFairlane

    Can you really say that? What’s the crash rate with Divvy? How many Divvy crashes have there been?

  • Yes.

    Divvy: http://chi.streetsblog.org/2013/09/12/idot-truck-driver-injured-pregnant-divvy-rider-on-augusta-last-week/ – 4 crashes in 317,489 trips

    Citibike: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/07/03/the-citi-bike-story-no-ones-talking-about-only-three-injuries-in-500000-rides/ – 3 crashes in 500,000 trips

    At large bicycling in Chicago, there’s like 3-5 reported bike-car crashes per day, and probably somewhere between 20,000-40,000 trips.

  • BlueFairlane

    Ah … very good.

    A question, though. Do you think it’s possible that Divvy crashes are under-reported? I can think of a couple of factors that might prompt a Divvy rider to not report a crash. A rider might not want to risk being held responsible for wrecking and damaging a Divvy bike, for one thing. Meanwhile, Divvy riders don’t have the same incentive a bike owner has in getting a driver to repair a bike damaged in a crash, and may not press an issue in a crash they can walk away from. I don’t think any such under-reporting would be significant enough to alter your ultimate conclusion, but I could see it affecting the numbers.

  • Yes, but I also think it’s possible that bike crashes (Divvy and non-Divvy) are under-reported. You describe situations where it’s reasonable that someone may not report the crash.

    I think, though, that Divvy is able to discover who got in a crash when a bike was wrecked.

    I would love to see better numbers for the amount of bike trips that are made each day. I actually ran the query on the number of reported bike crashes per day and got a better range: 3.5-9.8 reported bike crashes per day from 2005-2012. The lowest was 3.5 in 2005 and the greatest was 9.8 in 2010.

    My estimate of 20,000-40,000 bike trips per day is based on there being ~16,000 bike commuters according to the American Community Survey 5-year estimate for 2008-2012 and the seasonal fluctuations.

  • WestLooper

    It is also reflective of a tort system that is a mess.

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