Are Streets Safer in Chicago?


| Jim Coogan

VISION ZERO INITIATIVE–MIXED RESULTS

In 2+ Years, Road Fatalities Fall, But Danger Remains

It has been more than 2 years since the City of Chicago adopted a plan to make roads safer. The “Vision Zero” plan aimed to reduce traffic casualties by promoting better sight lines, safe zones, and protection for cyclists. As the Chicago Tribune reported, the numbers suggest progress. Traffic fatalities for the first 10 months of 2019 were down to 77 from 109 in the same period in 2017.

The reality is that it’s getting safer to be in a vehicle, even in a crash–thanks to better safety equipment and structural improvements to vehicles. The numbers support it, both locally and nationally. But important groups like the Active Transportation Alliance are advocating that these measures have not gone far enough to protect cyclists.

More people want to use alternative means of transportation these days. Be it out of environmental concerns, fitness, or simply to save on transportation costs. Thus, the number of cyclists will only rise. Thus, Chicagoans have the opportunity to continue to spread the word about roadway safety. They also have the opportunity to advocate that the City improve on Vision Zero.

If you have questions about cycling or roadway safety in Chicago, the lawyers of Coogan Gallagher are here to answer your questions.

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