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This is from today's Chicago Tribune:<br><br>
"When a motorist flings a door open in front of a cyclist passing in the bike lane, Chicago bikers call it a "dooring" and often just charge it to the cost of riding in a big city.<br><br>
As of Wednesday, the City Council calls it illegal and will charge motorists anywhere from $150 to $500 for each violation."
 

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Where I'm at, dumb, *******, pickup drivers, that intentionally swerve to hit runners and cyclists, are called "dumba$$es." We just figure that it is the cost of training in Southeast Georgia. As of a long time ago, the ******* Council issues points to those that actually make contact, and takes those that dent their pickups to court for damages.
 

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Baby step but still a step forward in the right direction
 

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It's a step in the right direction, but I'm always afraid to see if things like this will just breed animosity. Sadly, it seems like it could be a vicious cycle <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
I'm such a pollyana today <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Strange. What is the current law if they do it to a person walking? If nothing, then please, please somebody go cruise around the city council buildings in any 70's car (big massive doors) and attempt to "door" anyone in a suit. Bonus points if you can run over a briefcase at the same time.<br><br>
Am I missing something here? Isn't this assault with a deadly?
 

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It's not hard to do - I damn near "doored" a guy in the city last summer. I parallel parked, not having seen him. I dug around in the car for my things, turned back and opened the door, and caught a glance of him in the mirror at the last second - I pulled the door back closed as he swerved to avoid me without hurling himself under the car on his left. In the end, no harm done but... I felt bad and I'm sure (though he never looked back) that he was miffed.
 

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Ok, I likely read it wrong. Parked cars. Got it. I was thinking of vicious intent 'dooring' by a passenger.<br><br>
This is tougher issue. When there is a bike lane, I support it. When there is no bike lane, hmmm, hard one, as a cyclist of course I think it is a good idea. As a human existing in the world, and having been near on both sides, don't know. What if someone is on the sidewalk and a passenger opens the door and 'whap'?
 

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This is one part of a package of new fines that were introduced relating to bikes. More info at <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-chicago-bicycle-law-webmar13,0,4966178.story" target="_blank">http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,4966178.story</a>.<br><br>
As the story notes, enforcement is going to be problematic. My feeling is that they can pass all the laws they want, behaviors wont' change until attitudes towards bikes do. And I don't see that happening anytime soon (unless the price of gas continues to rise and a lot more folks start to consider bikes a viable alternative).<br><br>
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I can't stop laughing. Did you just say that people would ride a bike or walk or do anything positive toward thier lives. HA, you quack me up.<br><br>
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