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Saturday's "Safety Blitz"
LOOK! Chicago was started in the fall of 2012 by wife and husband cycling enthusiasts, Katie Paffhouse Bussey and Aaron Bussey, in the wake of Neill Townsend's death in September, 2012. Neill was killed when a careless driver opened his door without seeing Neill in the bike lane beside his vehicle. When he swerved to avoid the door he was killed by large truck traveling next to him in the same direction. The group's mission and organization has been facilitated by The Chainlink, a popular online portal for Chicago's bicycling community. The group is, "Dedicated to promoting awareness and educating the City of Chicago to the dangers of car doors," according to its profile on The Chainlink. Its mission, "Is reaching out to everyone to prevent dooring crashes and fatalities."
My law firm has represented many Chicago bicyclists who have been the victims of carelessly opened car doors. On a nearly daily basis I see the terrible consequences these incidents inflict. I will be out in Wicker Park on Saturday, with the rest of LOOK! Chicago, handing out fliers and helping to educated drivers and cyclists about reducing these crashes.