The company has 300 stations and over 3,000 bikes in service. However, 500 bikes have been taken out of service and placed in storage because of declined use during the winter.
The nation- and world-wide trend of shared bicycles expanded to Chicago last June. Since then, Divvy, the company that owns and maintains the bikes and their stations, has seen an explosion of business. At their peak, over 10,000 users rode in one day,the Chicago Tribune reports. The company has 300 stations and over 3,000 bikes in service. However, 500 bikes have been taken out of service and placed in storage because of declined use during the winter.
Chicago is becoming increasingly bike-friendly, developing bicycle lanes on major streets like Milwaukee and Clark and installing new bike traffic lights at certain intersections. This brings to mind concerns about injury specific to bicyclists, and about the narrow and separate legal area bicyclists find themselves in.
If you are injured in a bicycling accident, a bicycle accident attorney can evaluate your case and determine your chances of success at trial. Before you a lawyer, it is important to know your duties as a bicyclist, and what some of your rights are as well.
Bikes and Cars are Both Vehicles
Downtown, rarely does a day go by when a cavalier bike enthusiast or courier does not brazenly enter an intersection against the traffic signal, relying on the cars in that intersection to obey the rules and prevent a collision. This is foolhardy, but it is also illegal. Bicycles are vehicles that travel on the roads, and thus bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles like cars and motorcycles. That means stopping at traffic signals, stopping behind stop signs, staying in the correct lane, and signaling before turning. Violation of these rules can result in a ticket.
Bikes are Not as Protected as Drivers and Passengers in Cars
Even though bicyclists are held to the same rules as motorists, they are disproportionately susceptible to severe injury in the event of a collision with a car or bus. There is currently no law requiring adult bicyclists to wear a helmet. Even those who do wear a helmet are susceptible to broken bones, nerve and joint damage, concussion, and death.
Liability in the Event of an Accident
Divvy provides bicycles to the public for a price. However, the company is very careful to disclaim liability for accidents incurred by the bicyclist, as well as injury caused by a malfunctioning bicycle.
When a collision occurs, the same liability rules that would apply if the accident were between two cars apply in a collision between a car and a bike. The at-fault operator would be liable for any injury, and if the other operator were 50% or more responsible for the accident, then no recovery would be available.
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