Thursday, May 30, 2013

26 Year Old Chicago Bicyclist Killed By Driver In Old Town

A 26 year old male bicyclist was killed by a driver in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood during yesterday's rush hour, according to DNAinfo Chicago.  Robert Cann was riding southbound on Clybourn Avenue when he was struck by the driver at around 6:45 p.m. who was reportedly traveling in the same direction.  We was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 7:05 p.m., according to The Chicago Tribune.

The incident occurred on a fairly wide stretch of roadway in front of iconic Chicago bicycle shop, Yojimbo's Garage, near the intersection of North Clybourn Avenue and North Larrabee Street, DNAinfo reported.  It was immediately apparent that the crash was serious.  The owner of Yojimbo's, Marcus Moore, reported that the cyclist lost part of his leg at the scene.  Photos on the DNAinfo website suggest a very significant collision.


  1. Trib reports (11:26 May 31)that the 28 y/o driver of the crash vehicle (a Mercedes)is in custody. Will someone actually be held accountable for killing a cyclist?

    1. This is IDOT's fault. They shouldn't have closed down the bike lane on Clybourne...yet another innocent bicyclist's life is lost due to unregulated traffic. We've got to demand better.

  2. There was another incident involving a cyclist, Wed. May 29, 2013 @ around 5:15 pm on Chicago Avenue, near Sangamon Street (heading West). I saw the driver had stopped, the cyclist was on the ground on his back lying unconscious. I have no idea if he survived.

    Having known 2 people in my life who have been killed by hit-n-run, it's devastating.

    Please, drive carefully, and be a safe cyclist/pedestrian. THANK YOU!!!!

  3. Start using sidewalks!!Half you bikers think you own the road!How about Bikers START TO SEE CARS!!!

  4. It is illegal for bicyclists over the age of 12 to ride on sidewalks in Chicago.

    1. It should also be illegal for IDOT to shut down bike lanes in Chicago.

  5. The person who killed Bobby will go to prison....I hope

  6. 9-40-160 Drivers to exercise due care

    Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, or any person operating a bicycle or other device propelled by human or animal power, upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.
    Amended Coun. J. 3-12-08, p. 22781, § 1

    9-52-020 Riding bicycles on sidewalks and certain roadways

    (a) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district. (b) No person 12 or more years of age shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in any district, unless such sidewalk has been officially designated and marked as a bicycle route. (c) Bicycles shall not be operated on Lake Shore Drive or on any roadway where the operation of bicycles has been prohibited and signs have been erected indicating such prohibition. (d) Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
    Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634

    --Just a few things to say to people who don't think bicycles should be on Chicago's roads. If you don't like seeing bikes in traffic, move to the 'burbs. That simple.

    Link to the rest of Chicago's Cycling laws:


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