Today the Chicago Tribune reported on an effort by Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) to have the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) keep records and statistics on doorings. Currently there are no official statistics available on doorings in the state of Illinois becuase IDOT does not consider a dooring to be an accident involving a moving vehicle.
In my experience, about one third of all bicycle accidents in the City of Chicago are doorings. In the summer we field calls on a daily basis from bicyclists who have been doored. Injuries range from minor to catastrophic. The Tribune cites the instance of Clinton Miceli, a bicyclist who was killed after being doored and then struck by a passing vehicle.
One of the problems with this is that ATA can't get federal funds to deal with a problem they can't quantify or prove. It boggles my mind that in a day and age where we keep track of almost everything, we can't keep track of one of the biggest threats to urban bicyclists.
ATA suggests calling IDOT to voice your opinion.
Please contact IDOT and tell them to count doorings as crashes. Call (217) 782-7820 or write a letter to Division of Traffic Safety, Illinois Department of Transportation, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764.
See the Trib article here.