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Protect people walking and biking from trucks
Since June, six people have been killed while riding bikes in Chicago. Every single crash involved a commercial vehicle.
This troubling trend points to an urgent need to address the disproportionate threat these large vehicles pose to people biking and walking.
We are asking the mayor, Chicago City Council and relevant city agencies to immediately put into place proven strategies that can prevent more fatalities due to crashes involving large vehicles.
Other U.S. cities have already led the way on commercial vehicle safety, taking concrete steps to address this public safety issue, including:
- Voluntary and required installation of side-guards on city trucks and private commercial vehicles
- Strengthening commercial driver licensing programs and driver education
- Exploring options to limit large vehicle traffic during peak hours
Beyond common sense steps to make large trucks safer, the city’s forthcoming Vision Zero Action Plan provides a unique opportunity to address preventable crashes of all kinds, such as those that have led to the deaths of 18 pedestrians so far in 2016 and claimed the lives of an addition 100 motorists each year.
We’re calling for Vision Zero to include a comprehensive array of action steps to eliminate all types of traffic fatalities: enhance commercial vehicle regulation, reduce dangerous speeding, restrict right turns in dangerous locations, expand education for all, improve our infrastructure and street design, and fairly enforce traffic laws.
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