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Dear Chicago: Make biking, walking safer

Posted by Infra on Friday, April 1st, 2011

Dear Chicago: Make biking, walking safer from WBEZ on Vimeo.

If you’ve ever ventured out into one of Chicago’s famous six-corner intersections, you know the streets don’t always feel safe. The facts bear this out. In 2009 there were over 4,500 crashes between Chicago drivers and pedestrians or cyclists, 35 of which were fatal. This is according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which tracks traffic statistics. (However, as the Chicago Tribune reported recently, these numbers do not include dooring, a common type of bicycle crash that has been excluded from state record-keeping.)

Adolfo Hernandez, 28, wants to see these numbers change. “I think it would be great if the city said one fatality on our roads is one fatality too many,” he explains. “We shouldn’t have pedestrian deaths or people on bicycles killed by automobiles.”
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