Cyclist Seriously Injured After Collision

CHICAGO (STMW) – A bicyclist was seriously injured after striking a car door, then falling into the path of a CTA bus Friday afternoon in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.

About 3:20 p.m., a bicyclist ran into an open car door, fell and was struck by a No. 36 Broadway bus that was northbound at Clark and Arlington, CTA spokeswoman Kim Myles said.

The cyclist was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious to critical condition, Fire Media Affairs Chief Joe Roccasalva said.

The bus was briefly stopped as police conducted an investigation, although the incident did not cause any re-routes, Myles said.

  • Sarah Bowers

    Does anyone know the details of the cyclist?

    • Ali Musur

      This is a relative of mine and he has many broken bones, lots of pain, but amazingly expected to survive. He was riding in the bike path and he hit he opening car door. He was thrown into the street where he was run over by a CTA bus and dragged. The horrible thing is that the driver of the car fled the scene not knowing if he was alive or dead under that bus. All we know is that it was a white convertible. If anyone has information…please contact the police.

  • Jean SmilingCoyote

    Your stock photo is misleading as it shows 2 bicyclists riding next to each other. The facts as stated in the story say there was 1 bicycle and 2 motor vehicles. They prove, to the credit of the bicyclist, that he was traveling on the right side of the street and as far over to the right as possible. Getting “doored” is one of the most dreaded types of accidents for bicyclists. It’s almost impossible for a bicycle approaching from the rear to see a driver in a parked car begin to open his door, and most drivers don’t bother looking in their rear-view mirrors for approaching bicyclists. I do. I don’t know what the law says, but it makes sense to me that a bicyclist operating his vehicle according to the Rules of the Road has the right-of-way over the door of a parked car being opened into the roadway, just as the parked car has to yield to vehicles already moving along the road it wishes to enter.

  • Nancy

    I deeply feel for this person. I worry about this happening to me everyday. So I don’t want to impLy that the cyclist was at fault because it does sound as though they were obeying the law. However I wanted people to know that bicycle-safety guidelines recommend not biking sO close to parked cars that you could be hit by an opening door. They recommend staying about three feet to the left of parked cars. I know that’s hard with narrow streets and parked cars (Clark Street thru Lincoln Park is a great example), but it’s something to aim for. Be safe!

    • Ali Musur

      Thanks Nancy. He is suffering from many broken bones but will survive. He is an experienced cyclist riding in the bike path. He said today that this was his biggest worry also and unfortunately it happened. The driver obviously did not look before opening his door. This person knew they were at fault cause they fled the scene leaving him under that bus.

  • Lindsey

    While cyclists are encouraged to stay as far to the left side of the lane as possible, it IS difficult to do on narrow paths, as you mentioned. However, that 2 feet of space isn’t always enough – I’ve narrowly avoided opening doors on a number of occasions, even though I was on the far left side of a bike lane. Swerving out of a bike lane and into traffic is the only option sometimes, and that is incredibly dangerous.

    I’d also like to point out that opening your car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist is a ticketable offence in this city.

    • Jean SmilingCoyote

      Thanks for saying “opening your car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist is a ticketable offense in this city.” I pot my Comment independently.

  • Morgan

    This is my father who was hit! He expected to recover, but it will be a long journey! ANY information about the person who fled the scene, call the police!!

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