New Kinzie bike lane might reduce future doorings, but this bicyclist wasn't so fortunate

Result: $75,000

A 38-year-old man was riding his bicycle home from work in front of Chicago’s East Bank Club along West Kinzie Street when the driver of a Mercedes Benz opened her car door into his path.

The cyclist struck the door with his right shin resulting in a significant laceration requiring 11 stitches. The man experienced temporary nerve damage affecting his lower right leg that took several months to heal. This incident occurred just prior to the installation of Chicago’s first separated bicycle lane along West Kinzie Street.

Steven Vance