The purpose of Close Calls is to collect data about cyclists’ encounters with inattentive and reckless driving, as well as poorly designed and maintained infrastructure. These close calls, while not physically injurious, contribute to perceptions that Chicago’s streets are not safe or comfortable for cycling, which in turn compromises efforts to get more people on bikes. They also indicate behavior and conditions that might result in injuries – or fatalities – in the future. This data will help identify “hot spots” that need attention–whether through targeted enforcement, education or roadway modifications.
In other words, this site collects stories about the bicyclist who was doing everything right to cycle safely in Chicago but still gets the short end of the stick, getting harassed and endangered.