I know that the Chicago Triathlon is under way this morning.
It is an amazing sight to see the triathlon cyclists going down the left lanes of the drive with the usual traffic flying by on their right.
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I wish them both a speedy recovery. I've done Chicago twice and it is freaky on the bike portion on LSD with those cars zipping by you on the right with only the cones marking the division.
"Negligent driving and operating a motor vehicle without insurance."
A slap on the wrist and a paltry fine, at best. Probably won't even lose her license.
Uninsured driver? Probably no way to get satisfaction in a lawsuit- the "blood from a turnip" problem.
I've done the Chicago Triathlon since its inception in the mid-1980's. The bike leg (40km-25miles) always has run up and down Lake Shore Drive. And this is not the first time an addled driver drove across those cones and mowed down participating cyclists. Years ago another woman drove around cones on the Irving Park on-ramp, and proceeded to mow down cyclists for over a mile before she was finally stopped. WTF?
IMO the Drive should be shut down entirely to cars for the duration of the Triathlon. Why not? it is shut down entirely for other events such as Bike the Drive; why not this internationally-famous 'World's Largest' triathlon?
It's basically ONLY shut down for Bike the Drive and even then, its done in the earliest morning hours only until about 10:30 AM on a Sunday. Trust me, if it was easier to do this, Active Trans would be thrilled -- can you imagine the people who would sleep in AND ride on an empty Lake Shore Drive?
As is, the Drive is a federal highway and the amount of manpower that it takes to open and close it is frankly astonishing (and super fun to volunteer/work with, ha). However, barricades and TSAs are probably the only reason this doesn't happen during that event, not cones. :( Such a shame.
I wish we could change the perspective on events like this and Bike the Drive. I think it is a good idea to shut the drive down for Chi Tri. It's a shame it is that hard from a manpower perspective but understandable because every entry point needs to be blocked.