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During Chicago Bike Week, let’s recommit ourselves to safer streets
As we begin the annual celebration of Chicago Bike Week, we are faced with tragic reminders of how far our region still has to go before people of all ages and abilities are able to enjoy the benefits of biking.
Over the past several weeks, two teenagers have been killed and one adult seriously injured while biking in our region.
Each and every fatality and serious injury is preventable.
We have long had the knowledge necessary to create streets that are truly safe, but tragedies like those that have unfolded recently continue to happen because our elected leaders and public officials continue to fail to take action.
Protected bike lanes. Side-guards on trucks. Streets designed for safety, not speed.
And so, as we embark on a Chicago Bike Week unlike any other, we ask you to join us in honoring the lives that have been lost and forever changed.
Let us recommit ourselves to fighting for a future where people of all ages and abilities can ride a bike without fearing for their lives.
We look forward to a day when crashes are eliminated and our Crash Support Helpline isn’t necessary. But until then, we’re here to help.
If you or someone you know has experienced a crash while walking or biking, we have a helpline and resources available.
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