From the City of Chicago’s Bike Program comes this excellent training video for Chicago police officers. This is a great training video for bicyclists as well.
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Posted 9.14.09 in Commuting, Riding | Bookmark or Share
I agree, this is a good video. I especially like the part where the officer cites the code and is shown writing a ticket. It would be especially effective if our police ever wrote tickets for similar violations. I’ve never seen a single ticket written for violating the bike rules, not for drivers or for riders. Never. Kind of makes the whole point moot.
Nice video. I do have an issue with one scene early on, when the cyclist at the stop sign gets cut off by the car turning right in front of him. The cyclist should have moved to the middle of the lane when approaching the stop sign to keep motorists from pulling up next to him. Not a law, but just experience talking. He also did not stop at the sign – which is a law. Had he done either, the incident would have been a non-event. We all – motorists and cyclists alike – need to take more responsibility for our own safety when we’re on the road.
Great video, glad it’s part of officer training.
What I find most telling is that one day later this post has 3 comment entries. Here is a city trying to improve saftey on their roads. And it does not seem to have caused much interest.
Your article of helmet use had 80 entries by this time?
Saddle Up, it’s a training video for the Chicago police. There is some interesting information in the video, but its primary purpose is to teach the Chicago police the traffic laws and the Chicago bicycle code violation numbers. It is VERY good information for Chicago bicyclists… but for the rest of us… it has some interesting information, but before anyone takes anything the video as legal canon they should find out what bicycle laws their districts share with Chicago.
I think it is wonderful that Chicago has taken this issue to heart and is taking up the cause of cyclist safety. It was not preachy or insistent on helmets or stop signs or any other hot button topic which means the message of cyclist safety can be learned. I would love to have this tailored to the SFPD- it may be Chicago, but this could easily be SF.
@Saddle Up- I think the lack of response has to do with the length of the video, not the topic. I saw this here, but I only just had time to watch it.
SF Police have already done such a video:
I agree, this is definitely necessary. I think it shows that they are considering cyclist safety as a priority and hopefully will encourage more people to ride their bikes.