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Illinois to begin tracking doorings (finally - you guys probably helped make this happen)

Originally posted on Steven Can Plan.

 

Governor Quinn made a rule change today requiring Illinois police departments to record dooring-type bicycle crashes on the SR-1050 motorist crash reporting form, according to Jon Hilkevitch of the Chicago Tribune. The announcement will be made tomorrow.


Apparently, Gov. Quinn read the Chicago Tribune's article on March 21st about how the Illinois Department of Transportation could not and would not collect information on dooring crashes. I first wrote about this data deficiency on March 11.

For now, responding police officers will have to write DOORING next to the bicyclist's name on the crash reporting form (the Chicago Police method was to write DOORING on a second piece of paper and record this data internally - IDOT would not accept the second page). The Tribune article explains that IDOT already ordered a bunch of new forms and won't make a new order until 2013 at which time the form will have a checkbox making this process much simpler.

I would like to thank Governor Quinn, writer Jon Hilkevitch, the Active Transportation Alliance, and all who contacted IDOT asking for their reporting standards to be changed to record dooring crashes. This means that next year you'll see bike crash maps with a ton more dots - those of doorings, unless we continue educating ourselves, family and friends about riding AWAY from the door zone.

Santa Monica Door Lane / Bike Lane
Ride out of the door zone. Illustration by Gary Kavanagh.

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This is amazing news!

 

Good job to all who took the time to fight for this important change.

I hope there aren't a ton more dots.
Stay away from the doors and there won't be. 

Mike Zumwalt said:
I hope there aren't a ton more dots.
Thank you Steven and everyone else that worked so hard on this. I'm not used to lodging a complaint and then seeing action in a respectable amount of time. I had better not get too used to it.
I think you should check out this blog, The power of the letter. If you know what to say and who to say it to, things get a little easier. 

Ash L. said:
Thank you Steven and everyone else that worked so hard on this. I'm not used to lodging a complaint and then seeing action in a respectable amount of time. I had better not get too used to it.

We're very excited about this, thanks so much to Gov. Quinn for pushing and to everyone who called, emailed and wrote IDOT requesting the change.

 

This effort was part of our legislative agenda for 2011. We're glad that we didn't have to try and push it through the General Assembly.

 

Thanks again to everyone who contacted IDOT!

 

Sincerely,

Ethan Spotts, Marketing & Communication, Active Trans

Great news!
Let's hear it for focus and follow through.

Steven Vance said:
I think you should check out this blog, The power of the letter. If you know what to say and who to say it to, things get a little easier. 

Ash L. said:
Thank you Steven and everyone else that worked so hard on this. I'm not used to lodging a complaint and then seeing action in a respectable amount of time. I had better not get too used to it.

Reading the Jon Hilkevitch's article in the Trib right now . . .

I surely hope that the comment I added to my signature to the petition helped :)

FoxChicago's Craig Wall is looking for doored riders for a story. I think you have to contact him via twitter @Craigrwall or @foxchicago... or post here and I can pass along your contact info.
Thanks!
JR
I've never been doored. And I plan to keep it that way.

If anyone has, we do offer our Crash Support Group. The next meeting is actually on Wednesday.

 

http://www.activetrans.org/crashsupport/supportgroup


The Crash Support Group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. this Wednesday. It’s free, confidential and facilitated by a trained professional. This meeting is open to anyone who has been in a crash as a pedestrian or bicyclist.

 

Thanks,

Ethan, with Active Trans

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