CHICAGO — A bicyclist is in critical condition after being hit and pinned under a truck Thursday morning.
It happened at Madison and Halsted in the city’s Greektown neighborhood. The bicyclist was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Eastbound Madison is closed from Halsted to the Kennedy Expressway. Westbound Madison is closed from Des Plaines to Halsted.
So sorry to say the 39 y.o. female cyclist died. The truck driver was making a right turn (right hook). Our thoughts are with the cyclist's family and friends.
Bicyclist has been identified as Angela Park. Our thoughts are with her loved ones. Rest in peace.
Thanks for posting. Your Tweet is quite powerful in illustrating how bad they've been.
FYI - there is a law under consideration on the NATIONAL level regarding truck side guards. It also proposed front and rear guards. It looks like the primary goal is to prevent underride crashes with cars, but it would be very beneficial for bikes. It's worth writing to your U.S. Senators and Representative and urging them to support this bill. In addition, there should be requirement for convex mirrors mounted at the front corners of trucks. This would greatly improve a truck driver's ability to see cyclists and peds around the front corners and sides of the truck.
National - S.2219 / H.R. 4622- Stop Underrides Act of 2017 (in committee) - “This bill amends federal transportation law to require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a final rule to require the installation of rear underride guards that meet a specified performance standard on all trailers, semi-trailers, and single unit trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds that are manufactured on or after the effective date of the rule.
DOT shall issue a final rule requiring the installation of side underride guards that meet a specified performance standard on all trailers, semi-trailers, and single unit trucks with a gross vehicle rating of more than 10,000 pounds manufactured on or after the effective date of the rule.
DOT shall issue a final rule requiring all commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds manufactured on or after the effective date of the rule to be equipped with front underride guards. It shall complete research on equipping commercial motor vehicles with a gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds with a front underride guard to prevent trucks from overriding the passenger vehicle and submit to the congressional transportation committees a report on such research.”
There’s been some research on this:
The study was blunt in its conclusions: "Women may be over-represented in (collisions with goods vehicles) because they are less likely than men to disobey red lights."
By jumping red lights, it said, men are less likely to be caught in a lorry driver's blind spot, whereas less assertive cyclists who wait at the lights just in front of a lorry are at greater risk as they cannot be seen by the driver.
Some would conclude from that research that it is safer to be aggressive and disobey red lights. Others would conclude that it is safer to take the 3rd option and stop behind the truck, wait for the green light and then proceed safely behind the truck in case it happens to turn in the intersection. I do the 3rd option.
Of course, proceeding behind a truck might leave you at risk of being hooked by an oncoming car making a left turn and not seeing you behind the big truck. :/
Memorial Mile in her honor
-- Of note, this takes place on 08/14/18