Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Avvo Rating Top Attorney Immigration
The National Trial Lawyers
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Designated Bicycle Lanes—Changes to Infrastructure in Chicago Expected to Improve Safety for Bicyclists Says Injury Attorney

En Español

Bicycling can be particularly dangerous in heavily populated areas. Chicago is one of the most coveted cities for bicycling enthusiasts, however, it is also one of the most dangerous. Fear of safety is the most commonly reported concern for current and potential bicyclists alike. However, considerable improvement to Chicago’s bike infrastructure has occurred in recent decades. The Chicago bicycle accident attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. take note of a slight decrease in injury and fatality as the city implements changes to its bike infrastructure, and remain optimistic about the effect that additional safety improvements will bring to the city’s cyclists.

Chicago’s bike infrastructure has come a long way since the faint, or ‘disappearing’ white lines, which barely separate bicyclists from the motor vehicles traveling on the same roadway. Protected bike lanes, some of which separate bike lanes with a parking lane, and others, with thermoplastic barriers, are amongst the many recent bike infrastructure implementations. Although a parking lane barrier, can clearly afford more safety, thermoplastic barriers also improve safety, when compared to painted-only, and therefore unprotected, bike lanes. As reported in Chicago Mag in a recent article, Chicago Leaps to the Fore in Bike Infrastructure With Protected Downtown Lane, commenting on the safety of the twelve block and approximately one mile long protected bike route between Polk and Kinzie:

“As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. You change of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city, when riding on a similar road with a bike lanes and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes – with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic – really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.”

The attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. support recent and continuing developments in Chicago which seek to encourage bicycling as a safe alternative means of transportation. However, there are still many improvements that can be made, as has been demonstrated by other large cities which have implemented bike infrastructure plans that are both comprehensive and fully integrated. For example, New York, Portland, and Vancouver, have greatly improved bicycle safety, as well as assisted in promoting the use of non-motorized transportation through providing ease of access to commonly utilized businesses and facilities. As a beneficial consequence of such efforts, a simultaneous resulting contribution to economic development has occurred. The Chicago accident attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. encourage such economic growth, so long as bicycling safety issues remain the primary concern.

While Chicago can’t protect every roadway upon which our city’s bicyclists travel, implementation of plan involving alternative route resolution, which affords consideration to frequently accessed or necessary businesses and facilities, certainly appears to be a step in the right direction for Chicago residents. Nevertheless, many individuals who have expressed the desire to use bicycling as an alternative means of transportation, remain concerned regarding the safety risks associated with sharing the roadway with automobiles. The Chicago bicycle accident attorneys of Zneimer & Zniemer, P.C. feel that such concerns are valid, and will continue to be until the city’s bike infrastructure plan is completed in 2020. In the meantime, therefore, bicycle enthusiasts are encouraged to make use of the bike infrastructure currently in place throughout the city.

If you or a loved one were injured while bicycling, contact a Chicago bicycle accident injury attorney today for a FREE personal injury consultation at 773-516-4100, or online at our website.

Client Reviews
Someone rear-ended my car last spring and I was injured. Peter and Sofia Zneimer and they staff were professional and were always available by phone. I knew that the insurance of the other driver wasn't very good but they were still able to settle my case promptly and I was satisfied with the money I received. Overall, a very good trusted experience. Natig M.
I highly recommend the services of Zneimer and Zneimer. I often seek legal advice from them related to my immigration status and way forward. Both Sofia and Peter are very detailed and quick in answering any question. I laud their professionalism and a very efficient team that works for them. Suman S.
I totally recommend Sofia, she is the best lawyer in Chicago area. She is very professional, very detailed with her work and supportive. She always goes above and beyond to ensure the best outcome. Caring, compassionate and only the best for your family. I won my case because of her professionalism and her knowledge of the law. Aurel P.
I have dealt with Sofia Zneimer since 2009. She is a great lawyer and has helped me tremendously in navigating the process of green card. She is a great resource to have by your side. She is easy to reach. She responds very quickly, which was very important for me. If she can’t answer the question the same day, she does let you know that she is working on it. I would have no hesitation in recruiting her. Hemant S.
I called Zneimer & Zneimer after I was rear-ended on the highway. Peter and Sofia Zneimer have been very helpful in dealing with the insurance company and getting money for my car damage. They are also handling my injury case. They answer all my questions and I am always able to reach them on the phone anytime I want to talk to them. I am confident in having them represent me. The best choice i ever made. Thank you! Emil G.