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Fines could double for drivers who door bicyclists to $1,000

  • A bicyclist rides north along the bike path at Dearborn near Randolph streets in Chicago.
A bicyclist rides north along the bike path at Dearborn near Randolph streets… (Antonio Perez/ Chicago…)
May 08, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco

Fines could double for drivers who open their car doors endangering or hitting cyclists under a proposal introduced on Wednesday by Mayor Emanuel.

Drivers who door cyclists would face a $1,000 fine, up from $500 as part of the proposed changes.

Drivers who open their car doors or leave a car door open longer than necessary to get a passenger in and out and that interferes with the movement of a bicycle would see the fine increase from $150 to $300.

Fines for cyclists who violate various laws regulating the operation of bicycles, such as riding on sidewalks and yielding the right of way, would go up from $25 to a range of $50 to $200.

The proposed changes also spells out hand and arm signals cyclists use to make right or left turns.

The matter will go to the City Council’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety for consideration.

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