Chicago police training video promotes bicycle safety, respect

Streetsblog alerted us to this just-released training video for traffic enforcement officers in Chicago’s police department.

It’s worth watching — in about ten minutes, it even-handedly explains the laws that govern both driving and bicycling in Chicago, with the frame of increasing bicycling safety as much as possible, and promoting a culture of respect on the roads.

Traffic Enforcement for Bicyclist Safety from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo.

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The video points out the responsibility of people driving cars (Chicago has a number of laws that are specific to driving around bicycles, with special attention to intersections, passing, and dooring), the responsibilities of people riding bikes (these are: yielding to pedestrians, riding with traffic, and proper lighting), and how police officers should handle crashes involving bikes.

The traffic arm of the Portland Police is working on an internal training video about bicycles as well — rumor has it that it’ll be released this week. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.

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