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Bike Crashes

Tragically, the Chicago Ride of Silence included 3 locations where 2 people were injured or killed on bikes

But while the event raised awareness of the urgent need to make streets safer for all users, it also was an example of what's beautiful about riding bikes.

May 16, 2024

Update: Ernesto Vargas out of hospital; Why officers didn’t arrive at his bike crash site quickly; Officials discuss safety upgrades to Long

Vargas, 18, was struck and critically injured on 2/23/24 at Grace/Long, just 1/8 mile north of where a driver killed Josh Anleu, 16, on a bike on 10/24/23 at Waveland/Long.

February 28, 2024

Pickup driver fatally struck bicycle rider Allan Beyderman, 41, on bike-hostile stretch of Golf Road near Des Plaines River Trail

The lack of bike facilities on the 4-lane highway, and the driver's high-front-end pickup truck, were likely factors in the crash.

February 16, 2024

Joshua Anleu Buendia, 16, fatally struck in Portage Park, was one of five people killed while biking in Chicago this year

His case was one of three Chicagoland bike fatalities reported by local news outlets this week.

October 26, 2023

Over a month after a driver fatally struck Donald Heggemann on bike, fled, and failed DUI test, felony charges filed

Physically protected bike lanes, which are becoming more common in our city, might have prevented Heggemann's tragic death.

October 24, 2023

John Kezdy, 64, singer of The Effigies, died after bike crash with delivery van stopped in bike lane

According to police, Kezdy was biking north on Sheridan Road in Glencoe when he collided with the vehicle.

August 27, 2023

Case of driver, 92, critically injuring bike rider at Valley Line Trail/Devon intersection raises multiple issues

Are RRFB signals really a good approach for trail safety? And why does Chicago have policies that force elderly people to drive?

August 24, 2023

Officer turning left in SUV collided with oncoming teen bike rider in W. Humboldt Park

If the officer chose to make a left after their light turned red, or failed to yield to oncoming bike traffic, do they deserve some blame?

July 31, 2023