Downers Grove Bicycle Accident Attorneys
The Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. represent the victims of bike accidents in Downers Grove, and surrounding Chicago suburbs. We take note of the bike planning efforts in this community, which many say was decades in the making.
Downers Grove is a charming village located within three of DuPage County’s nine townships, including Downers Grove Township, Lisle Township, and York Township. Known for its beautiful park district, and its efforts to maintain resident involvement in community planning and development efforts, Downers Grove has received recognition from a variety of prominent sources for its many wondrous features. In addition to being ranked as #5 in CNN’s Best Places for a Health Retirement, Downers Grove was also recently ranked as #8 by Forbes as America’s Friendlies Towns. Downers Grove has also been noted for having one of the nation’s most educated citizenry, as stated in the 2010 American Community Survey.
Largely due to the combining characteristics of beauty and accessibility, the presence of bicycle commuters and recreational enthusiasts continues to be a distinctive aspect of this community. In fact, decades prior to the passage of federal transportation acts, which provided funding for public bicycling improvements, Downers Grove has made a concerted effort to facilitate bicycle use, as well as promote the safety of bicyclists, within the village. Originating with the efforts of civic organizations, in the 1970s, initial bike planning in the village can be traced back to the creation of ‘tour loops’ throughout the village.
However, it was not until 2000, when the availability of federal funding, prompted by transportation acts, enabled Downers Grove to implement its first comprehensive Bikeway Plan. As stated in the historical analysis provided in the 2011 Plan:
“The Bikeway Plan sought to enhance these efforts by examining existing conditions, developing a bicycle network philosophy, encouraging broad public participation, and outlining implementation strategies. The goals were to connect major destinations throughout the Village and to provide a network that was accessible to all levels of riders. Special attention was paid to connecting to existing and adjacent bicycle path networks. Additionally, the plan addressed wayfinding signage and bicycle parking. At the time of the Bikeway Plan, Metra did not allow bicycles on trains (a policy that has now been reversed).” Source
Thereafter, community planning continued to improve. However, the village continues to recognize the multitude of areas that can be improved upon by addressing exiting gaps. As such, village efforts remain focused on the full implementation of a Master Plan in Downers Grove that will preserve village quality, but also ensure the efficiency and accessibility of alternate transportation modes; the prevention of accident and injury to bicyclists and pedestrians; and the promotion of safety and awareness of risk factors associated with vulnerable road users.
The attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. take note of the improvement efforts in Downers Grove, and the benefits such efforts offer to the community, environment, and public safety in general. As both bike accident attorneys, as well as bicycling enthusiasts, we understand the difficulties that bicyclists face each time they travel along roadways shared with motor vehicles.
We understand the rights and duties associated with motorists, and those pertaining to bicyclists. We encourage all bicyclists, to familiarize themselves with laws concerning the use and operation of a bicycle, whether residing in Downers Grove, or another Chicago suburb. To view Downers Grove Bicycling Municipal Code click here.
If you or a loved one were the victim of a bicycle accident, it is important to discuss your legal rights with a personal injury or wrongful death attorney with the experience and proficiency necessary to obtain the justice and compensation that you and your family deserve. Contact the Downers Grove Bike Accident Attorneys online, or at 773-516-4100, to discuss your legal rights during a FREE personal injury consultation.