Cycling advocates are renewing their calls for safer roads in Chicago after a beloved cyclist was hit and killed by a driver last month at a busy intersection near DuSable Lake Shore Drive.
Broderick Ade Hogue, 32, was struck by a woman driving a van while crossing Grand Avenue on October 27, according to Chicago police. He died two days later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the van told police she had the green light and was heading for the ramp to DuSable Lake Shore Drive when she collided with Hogue. Police said witnesses supported his account, but members of the Hogue Cycling Club have raised questions about it. An attorney for Hogue’s family said he was looking for surveillance footage.
“It’s very difficult to turn it into a cycle path,” said Christina Whitehouse of Bike Lane Uprising. “You have a speeding ticket trying to pass on Lake Shore Drive. This is a known problem.
Alex Perez, advocacy manager for the nonprofit Active Transportation Alliance, said Hogue’s death “is certainly a call to city officials to look into where these fatal crashes are happening and understand why” .
Earlier this year, Kevin Clark, who starred in the popular movie “School of Rock”, was punched and killed while riding his bike at a notoriously dangerous intersection on the northwest side.
Seven cyclists have been killed in Chicago so far this year, equaling last year’s total, according to city records. Five cyclists were killed in 2019 and six each in 2018 and 2017.
Hogue was a member of the Half Acre Cycling team and a talented graphic designer who had worked for companies such as Target, Nike, RCA, Mercedes-Benz and Aldi, according to friends and colleagues. website.
Police said Hogue was shot after “failing to stop for traffic at a red light” on Grand Avenue. The 47-year-old woman who drove the van was not given any citation.
A witness said the intersection was free of cars for what appeared to be minutes before Hogue started pedaling. “I understand why he would want to take the red light because there were no cars, period. No cars pass at all, ”said the man, who requested anonymity.
“As he got to the other end of the sidewalk, after the fire came out of nowhere, the van passed by and hit him,” he said. “It happened so fast.
The man and other witnesses stayed with Hogue and tried to keep him awake before an ambulance arrived. He said the driver of the van “was crying, scared for his life and didn’t know what to do” after the accident.
“From that day forward, I keep my eyes open and watch out for everything,” the man said. “My condolences to his family.”
Brenden Kevenides, an attorney representing Hogue’s family, called on the city to step up protections for beginners and experienced cyclists.
“The city of Chicago is not as bicycle friendly as it should be,” he said. “It seems to me that the city of Chicago, given the large number of people who enjoy cycling, needs to step up its efforts and make it a much safer city for cycling and less emphasis on driving. “
Whitehouse said the problems at the intersection where Hogue was killed are “essentially repeated over and over along the lake. There is absolutely no consideration for the cycle paths to and from the lake.
The Chicago Department of Transportation said it was in the middle of a push to add 100 miles of new and improved bike lanes in 2021 and 2022.
“That’s more new bike lanes than any other two-year period and includes nearly 25 miles of new protected bike lanes,” CDOT said in a statement. “Chicago will have over 450 miles of bike lanes by the end of this two-year expansion period.”
Hogue will be buried alongside members of his family in Virginia.
Andrew Lucas rode with Hogue on the Half Acre team. He said Hogue was more of a triathlete when they first met, but Hogue jumped “two feet first” in cycling and became an exceptionally strong cyclist.
The two often rode together and became close. “He’s gone from just the occasional hello, let’s do something wild and crazy to now he’s doubling the miles,” Lucas said. “He’s one of the strongest cyclists I know.
Lucas said Hogue was a humble guy who often put others before him. “So much so that if you paid him back for something, he would get mad at you.” The only time he’d get mad at you. He was a great friend.
A GoFundMe page raised over $ 165,000 from the supporters. On Tuesday, hundreds of mourners held a vigil in honor of Hogue and dedicated a “ghost bike” memorial to him.