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?
Also, if you want to become more comfortable riding a bike on streets in your community, you should take Active Trans' 3-hour introduction to the basics of riding a bike safely in traffic. We will cover topics like rules of the road for cyclists, picking out the right bike, basic maintenance, proper helmet fit, handling intersections and avoiding collisions. Active Trans members can sign up for our Safe Cycling Class for only $15 (nonmember fee is $50).