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You blew the red light east bound on Lawrence at Damen at 5:26 pm this evening.

 

There was enough time for the biker in front of me to make it half way into the intersection, northbound on Damen, before you came whizzing past my front wheel.

 

I yelled "You're an idiot!" at your big haired chick, self, and you looked back at me. I meant it!

 

I woulda testified for any of the cars, that managed to not kill you, if they had.

 

Keep riding like a tard!

love,

gabe

 

Witness bad behavior during your commute? Feel free to post. Maybe that lovely human can read it and think they are famous. Maybe you can also inspire the whole generation of kids to shower but we can start with small things.

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Not pointed at the ground, just not into the eyes of your fellow cyclists and cars. Think of your light like a car headlamp, angle it down so you do not blind others. Not that hard to understand, continually i see well meaning riders that have lights going but they are pointed up not towards the ground ahead. This girls lights lit up the intersection like a rave with all the reflections of the signs. O wanted to make the suggestion to her but she was rocking the ear buds...




Dovah Cat 10 mi said:

I'm a little confused. You want the first cyclist to use lights, but you want the second to angle hers down so they can't be seen? What's the purpose of the flashy-flashy if it's pointed at the ground? 

Tim S said:

I have been driving a bit the past few days and wanted to put up a few notes.

1. To the dude all wrapped up winter style with ski goggles at dusk northbound on Damen turn on your lights. I saw you had them. Whenthe sun starts to go down and car lights go on you become invisible to me in the car. Your all Ninja like and going to get hurt.

2. To the young lady northbound on Damen please angle your headlight down, your strobe like light was like a Japanese cartoon. Seriously you almost gave me a seizure as it flashed and flashed and flashed... Seriously please angle your lights down, please.

To the dude riding the fixie and going the wrong way down an one way street, thanks for the game of chicken when moved over to the right side of the street to get around a truck that was turning into a parking lot.  That was an awesome way to wake up and get alert before walking into work.



Dovah Cat 10 mi said:

I'm a little confused. You want the first cyclist to use lights, but you want the second to angle hers down so they can't be seen? What's the purpose of the flashy-flashy if it's pointed at the ground? 

Flashing lights are still visible if they're angled down.  With some of the brighter lights, you're essentially blinded if they're shining into your eyes.

I was super happy to see a trio of bike cops swarm a car that was parked in the Dearborn lanes a couple of nights ago. They let the driver off with a warning, which is probably what they've been instructed to do during this transition period.

Anne Alt 2-10 said:

I often see bike cops on State St. near Madison/Monroe/Adams.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

Tonight, for the first time in a while, there was an idiot a car in the bike lane on Dearborn at Petterinos.  As I was crossing the bridge on Dearborn, two CPD on bikes passed me. (I ride even slower than I usually do on that bridge.)  First time I have seen any bicycle police in a really long time.  I have no idea where they joined the lane or if they saw the idiot the car further south.

My light has a wonky bracket and has been pointing down frequently lately. It occurred to me after being blinded a few times that I should just leave it pointed down. When it flashes it lights up the whole front end of my bike - the chrome fork bits, the frame, etc. I'm pretty sure it achieves the "be seen" thing without the side effect of blinding my fellow bikers.

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Dovah Cat 10 mi said:

I'm a little confused. You want the first cyclist to use lights, but you want the second to angle hers down so they can't be seen? What's the purpose of the flashy-flashy if it's pointed at the ground? 

Flashing lights are still visible if they're angled down.  With some of the brighter lights, you're essentially blinded if they're shining into your eyes.

Saw a guy run a red light at Ohio while riding the wrong way on Wells on Thursday afternoon. Brilliant! If he'd done it at night with no lights it'd have been a trifecta.

To the driver who yelled, "hipsters suck" at us during the Tour de Juicebox Memorial ride, you are a horrible person.  Grow up, and find some decency in your life.  

thank you to the driver who honked when the person in front of him tried to cut the line of cars by inching into the bike lane.  i passed both cars a block back and i'd like to think he honked to remind the other person that i was STILL on the same road in the bike lane.  the honk didn't stop them, but they only got 3 cars ahead before being forced to merge back.  

You the stereo typical pain in the ass... No lights. Weaving in & out Lincoln. The Wrong freaking way. In the snow slush mess. Middle aged... on what looks like a stolen MTB.
I yell (because I am so ladylike) 'Wrong Way.... Dumbass!'
You 'Get a life'
'Got one. It's brilliant... Plan on keeping it too by obeying the laws!'
Then you serve in front of an SUV with no warning... Also, cutting me off. Get in front of us to turn. Flip me off.
'Still behind you, Dear.'
Ending up both going to the Y. Me to get my kid... And you presumably live there.
Arrrggghhhhh! You add to the general public hating those of us on bikes.
To the kid I am watching right now in the Pink Floyd hoodie, black trucker hat, grey Chrome bag, grey Nike kicks with day glow laces... yeah I will chill for a bit until you leave the Damen Brown line. Saw you eyeing a frame that punks like you have stripped and not let you get the front forks, yeah I looked at you, I am not waiting for anyone... don't take what is not yours. I like the way you went inside to throw me of.

Hi Fedex!  Today, one of your drivers risked life and limb to get a package to its destination on time.  Trouble is, he risked *my* life and limb, by thwarting use of public infrastructure designed to protect cyclists from vehicles.

I'd be willing to bet that FedEx wouldn't want the PR or liability that would arise if a cyclist were injured or killed due to your drivers' use of bicycle infrastructure as parking.  Please discourage your drivers from endangering cyclists this way.

To the driver of a silver car northbound on State St. at Monroe around noon - by what stretch of the imagination do you think it's okay and legal for you to 1) enter the intersection on a red light, 2) do so by nudging your way through a crosswalk full of pedestrians, and 3) continue by plowing through a crosswalk full of pedestrians on the other side of the intersection?  Three strikes and you're out - so far out. 

There's a special place in hell reserved for clueless idiots like you, and for the stupid cyclist who ran over the sidewalk from curb ramp to curb ramp, cutting off pedestrians while turning from Monroe onto State - just before the idiot driver showed up.

Yes, things come in threes, and there probably was a third driver or cyclist who was equally idiotic around that intersection then, but I didn't feel like sticking around to watch.  Seeing two was enough for one brief lunchtime walk.

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