In Chicago, an average of 60 people are injured or killed every day in traffic crashes; 12 of those people are biking or walking.
Frequently asked questions about crashes and close calls:
Should I report a dangerous motorist?
Yes! The motorist you report could cause a serious injury to another cyclist or pedestrian in the future. If that happens, your report of a separate incident can help courts bring appropriate actions against that motorist.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Your report is your voice; it explains to Police that there is a real need for traffic enforcement to protect pedestrians and bicyclists.
How do I report a dangerous motorist?
Should I call 311 or 911?
In the City of Chicago, call 911 when a motorist endangers you or when you see a motorist endanger another bicyclist or pedestrian. Call 311 to report reckless or careless taxi drivers, to report poor road conditions or request a bike rack.
In other communities, call your village or city hall.
Should I call the police if I get doored?
Yes! Dooring (when a cyclist runs into a door a driver has opened into traffic is considered a crash. In the city of Chicago, it carries a $500 fine for motorists. Always call the police when you are involved in a crash, dooring or otherwise.
How can I learn more about safe biking?