Mount Prospect Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Located in Cook County, northwest of downtown Chicago, Mount Prospect is a quaint village with the motto ‘friendliness is a way of life.’ Having plenty of open green areas, and several parks, Mount Prospect offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. With miles of bike paths, Mount Prospect is a coveted location for bicycling aficionados. Although many bicyclists will travel for recreation, many use a bicycle as a means of transportation. Despite the presence of bike paths and routes within Mount Prospect, those who travel via bicycle for transportation purposes, and therefore take convenience and efficiency into consideration, are forced to share the City’s busy roadways with motorists. Bicycling accidents can be particularly devastating, given a bicyclist’s vulnerable position, which lacks the protection afforded by a motor vehicle. The Mount Prospect Bicycle Accident Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. take note of the Village’s recent changes to its bicycling infrastructure, and view such change as an important step towards the prevention of bicycle accidents.
Although years in the making, February 7, 2012 marks the date of approval of the bicycle plan by the Mount Prospect Board of Trustees. The Plan is organized around the following four key strategies:
- Bikeway Network. The bike network proposed in this plan provides door-to-door safe access to the key places in Mount Prospect. Highlights of the network include 30 miles of on and off street facilities, connections to neighboring communities, use of innovative design, and a bicycle information system.
- Bicycle-Friendly Ordinances and Policies. Increasing use of the bicycle network requires the adoption and administering of ordinances and policies that facilitate safe use of these facilities. Amending policies and ordinances to support the construction of bicycle facilities, and increased on-road safety will encourage more people to use the bike network.
- Programming to Support Biking. The plan provides guidance on the development of locally tailored programs. These programs promote biking through safe cycling and bicycle maintenance education initiatives, distribution of information and community events to encourage bicycling, and enforcement of safe cycling laws and rewarding positive behaviors.
- Evaluation and Implementation. The planning process continues beyond adoption of this plan. It will require years of implementation and the dedication of key stakeholders. Involved and thoughtful residents are key to the implementation of the Mount Prospect Bicycle Plan. Funding from both the Village as well outside resources is needed to implement the recommendations, and additional outreach and data collection will show progress of the plan.
The Mount Prospect Bicycle Accident Attorneys of Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C. are optimistic about the significant impact on safety for bicyclists that is expected to occur as a result of approval of the Bike Plan. Nevertheless, despite the implementation of safety measures, bicycling accidents caused by negligent motorists remain a problematic concern. If you or a loved one were the victim of a bicycling accident, it is important to discuss your legal options with an Illinois licensed personal injury or wrongful death attorney as soon as possible following the accident.