How to report a dangerous motorist
TIPS: The Police are directed not to file reports for “road rage” – When speaking with the Police, focus on the specific violation committed, not on your emotions, or on any aggressive verbal exchange you may have had with the violator.
Always carry a pen and paper with you in so you can record information easily.
In the City of Chicago, call 911 when a motorist endangers you or when you see a motorist endanger another bicyclist or pedestrian. Call 311 to report reckless or careless taxi drivers, to report poor road conditions or request a bike rack.
In other communities, call your village or city hall.
Yes! Dooring (when a cyclist runs into a door a driver has opened into traffic) is considered a crash. In the City of Chicago, it carries a $500 fine for motorists. Always call the police when you are involved in a crash, dooring or otherwise.
Yes! Find out here
Yes! Active Transportation Alliance is working for more bicycle and pedestrian rights. Learn about what is coming up and when you should call your representatives at www.activetrans.org/bicyclists-and-law.
Check out Wheels of Justice, our regular column that provides tips on some of the legal aspects of bicycling, written by James Freeman, a bicyclist and personal injury lawyer.