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LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG: City of Chicago to Get Tough on Motorists Under New Bicycle Ordinance!

THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!

Buddy Counts His Money - November, 2007I'm saving my money, you dogs!   Would like a brand new bike, in time for cycling this Spring here in Chicago.  You know, there aren't too many nice spring days here, so you have to take advantage of the ones you have!

My new bike will be a 25-speed Racing Bike.   Reflective tape and lights back and front for safety.  One of those water bottle holders on the frame for when I start to pant.  And don't forget the XM Radio Receiver, so I can jam while I cycle.

If they're nice to me, I might consider adding a human side car, to cart Team Leader Dean and my Human Momma Sue along with me! 

Hey, seriously though, our Mayor Daley, an avid cyclist himself, is out to make the City of Chicago the most bike friendly city in North America.  To help do that, Chicago has just passed tough laws fining motorists for irresponsible behavior around those cycling.

Under new oridinances, passed Wednesday by the Chicago City Council, motorists who make a turn in front of someone riding a bicycle, or pass within three feet of a cyclist, or block street-marked bicycle lanes, can be fined between $150 and $500 for each violation.  Those that open their car door in front of a passing bike - referred to as "dooring" by cyclists, can also be fined.

According to Da' Mayor (I am SUCH a CHICAGO DOG), "More than 6,000 crashes between bicycles and motor vehicles were reported in Chicago between 2001 and 2005. Unfortunately, 30 bicyclists were killed. These new laws will help prevent injuries and save lives."

Earlier this month, a cyclist riding in a group was struck and killed by a motorist while crossing Irving Park Road at Lincoln Avenue, in Chicago's North Center Neighborhood.  Although the driver was not charged, this pointed up the dangers of cyclists and motorists sharing the roads in the city.

Many cyclists feel the new laws will be hard to enforce.  But cyclists and motorists alike feel that better care need by taken by both those on a bike and those in a car this spring and summer cycling season.

I would heartily agree - this Little White Dog wants to have all four paws intact all summer long, when I take to the road!

"Get your motor running. . . " oh, no, I'm not THAT kind of biker.  But, you never know, with a little training, "Evil KeBuddy" can take to the stunt tracks soon!

Naaah!

Happy Cycling - but Be Real Careful Out There - especially if you spot a Little White Dog on a Racing Bike!

Check out Azam Ahmed and Gary Washburn's article in yesterday's Chicago Tribune.

YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,

BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 7:21 PM by Dean's Team
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