I've been seeing lots of bikers riding against traffic. I tried it myself & felt a little safer. I believe cars are more likely to see you & you can see the driver. I could anticipate who might run me over & move onto the sidewalk.
I see it all the time by DePaul, namely Kenmore but also a fair amount on Dickens and even Seminary. Seems like it's usually students - and no, they don't use lights and yes, they blow through the intersections without slowing down. They also tend to be dressed in all black or other hard to see colors at night. I've seen quite a few close calls between cars & bikes, bikes & bikes and bikes & pedestrians.
Tony Adams said:
Salmoning is more prevalent in lower income neighborhoods. That has been my observation anyway. I see a lot of it on the south side, especially in places such as Pilsen and Englewood. I pretty much never see it in Lincoln Park.
Should we anticipate the thread about riding at night without lights or will blowing through traffic signals/stop signs come next? I'd like to know where all the salmoning is occurring. It doesn't seem that prevalent on N Damen where I normally ride.
You guys - I've been riding my bike on the sidewalks recently, and it feels safer. Try it out!
Are these side streets one way or 2 way? I'll admit to going the wrong way down one way side streets, but I still keep to my right.
Tim S said:
It's quite prevalant on the side streets in WP/BT/UV. I have had a few hipsters yell at me when I shook my head at them like I was the A Hole.
A friend of mine who lived in Florida suggested I ride like this mainly because the drivers out there were notorious for doing plenty of stupid things to cyclists, he assumed Chicago would not be any different.
Oh heck, I just have to jump in. I saw some idiot cyclist riding southbound in the northbound lanes of LaSalle at Kinzie as I was waiting for the light at about 4:45 p.m today.
Why don't you come to your senses?
I do it sometimes on small one-way residential streets. Usually there is no traffic, if there is a car, I just keep to the right and the drivers know what to do. They don't care.
I work near Wabash and Harrison, so I see people salmoning on Wabash all the time, and I don't think it's safe. However, I even see police officers on bikes salmoning on Wabash, just loafing along.