Bridgeview Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Like many surrounding Chicago suburbs, community planning and development efforts in Bridgeview continue to focus on implementing improvements throughout the village aimed at enhancing the quality of life for its residents. As Bridgeview bicycle accident attorneys, Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. support the village’s efforts, particularly its contemplation of the benefits offered by bicycling infrastructure.
Bridgeview is a 4.15 square mile village located in Cook County Illinois, thirteen miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. In addition to being known for its community service and family-friendly environment, residents are often attracted to Bridgeview because of its convenient location.
Bicycling infrastructure remains a key area of discussion throughout Illinois. The state has long recognized the beneficial role that bike planning can play, both in terms of improving the environment, as well as the general health of residents. As the city of Chicago moves towards a fully integrated network of both off-street and on-street bike paths and routes, many surrounding communities, like Bridgeview, have contributed to overall infrastructure through their own bike planning efforts.
The attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. encourage Bridgeview’s proposed project for a community multi-use bike path. The project consists of a 4.5 mile north-south bikeway of both off-street paths and on-street lanes/routes, running the length of the village. The primary benefits of project implementation are twofold—providing and promoting the use of alternative transportation means within the village—and providing accessibility to public transit to commuters traveling outside of the village.
By implementing bike infrastructure, travel within Bridgeview would be facilitated through the linking of residential areas to schools and businesses in the village. However, the project’s simultaneous linking to bus route stops would provide the added benefit of facilitating travel to destinations outside the village.
It is equally important to note, however, that aside from the benefits of accessibility, the perhaps more valuable feature of bike infrastructure is the manner in which it improves safety for vulnerable road users, and aides in the prevention of accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Our Bridgeview Bicycle Accident Attorneys know all-too-well the dangers bicyclists face, as the ride alongside motorists. Bicycle injury and fatality rates area alarming, not only in Bridgeview, but throughout Illinois.
For most, it is easy to see the benefits that bike planning has to offer. What is difficult to visualize is the manner in which such planning will be implemented. It is important to recognize that bike infrastructure in the Chicago area should be viewed in its entirety, rather than as individual bikeway projects within a municipality. For example, consider the way in which the Bridgeview bike path plan would further benefit its residents, if surrounding communities offered equal or superior infrastructure.
With each community in varying stages of bike infrastructure implementation—planning, approval, funding, and construction—we all need to work together. This requires input from community members, such as problem area identification and improvement suggestions. However, we also need to take into consideration more immediate concerns---the safety of the residents of our communities.
If you or a loved one sustained injury or fatality in a bicycle accident, understanding your legal rights and options is essential to safeguarding any entitlement to compensation that you and your family deserve. With decades of experience, the Bridgeview Bike Accident Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C., make seeking justice on behalf of our clients a personal goal. Schedule your free personal injury consultation online, or at 773-516-4100.