The get doored be counted campaign launched by Chicago bicyclists scored a victory in Illinois on Monday.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation would count "dooring" crashes in a separate statistical category to help guide roadway design and safety campaigns. In the past, crashes that occurred when a motorist opened a vehicle door into the path of a bicyclist were not counted in the DOT statistics.
Similarly, in Wisconsin, those crashes are not recorded or kept in a separate statistical category. Dooring a bicyclist in Wisconsin is a traffic violation with a $40 fine.
Quinn announced the policy change in Illinois on Monday.
"As more people are riding bicycles and embracing other green modes of transportation, we need to ensure that Illinois collects data that presents a complete picture of what is happening on our roads," he said. "This new initiative will address a major safety issue for bicyclist and drivers, and will make our roads safer for everyone."