What’s Velo?

Vélo is the French word for bike.

Illinois to Track Dooring Collisions

Illinois to start tracking bicycle ‘dooring’ collisions

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois will begin tracking dooring incidents:

The new rules, which officials said will be announced Monday and take effect immediately, require police departments across the state to record “dooring” accidents on Illinois traffic crash forms.

The dooring data will be incorporated into annual . . . → Read More: Illinois to Track Dooring Collisions

Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

From the Mailbag:

Are there any laws regarding riding a bike at night? i.e.- are lights or reflectors mandatory? Is there any data that supports the idea accidents are more likely to occur at night verses other times of day (early morning or peak traffic times)?

Good question! I’m going to answer this in two . . . → Read More: Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

Bikes and Peds Sharing Paths?

From the Mailbag:

I have a question concerning biking in the suburbs. Are there rules or etiquette – either written or unwritten – about bikes and pedestrians sharing paths?

Great Question!  The answer is YES, there are rules and etiquette for bikes and peds sharing the same paths.  Here are a few things to remember: . . . → Read More: Bikes and Peds Sharing Paths?

Why Don’t Cyclists Ride IN the Bike Lane?

From the Mailbag:

Why oh why do cyclists ride ON the line that separates the traffic lane from the bike lane? Do they WANT me to hit them?!

Great question!  The short answer is that they probably ride on the line because they don’t feel like it would be safe for them to actually ride . . . → Read More: Why Don’t Cyclists Ride IN the Bike Lane?