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Suit Alleges Unsafe Biking Conditions on Northside Chicago Bike Lane

A bicyclist has filed a suit against Chicago and the Illinois Department of Transportation due to an unsafe drain grate located in a bike lane on the city’s Northwest side.

Chicago resident Fred Stein alleges in his lawsuit filed last week that a water grate in the marked bicycle lane on the 4800 north block of Lawrence Avenue was not safely maintained and led to injuries the man suffered while riding his bike.

On August 11, 2011, Stein was riding his bike in the bike lane on Lawrence Avenue just past Keating Avenue when he hit the grate whose lines ran parallel with the direction of travel. Stein purports that this factor cause him to fall off of his bike and lead to serious injuries. By encouraging bicyclists to travel over this drain grate per the lane markings in the street, the suit alleges that the city is negligent in providing safe bicycle travel.

When areas are not maintained properly, accidents that lead to injury can happen. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been injured on poorly maintained sidewalks or roads, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal options.