Share your pics, videos, streets, stories of what you find in the bike lane of the non-bike variety that has an impact on your ride and/or your safety. I've decided to keep it a little more open ended - cars, snow, buses, garbage, cabs, etc. If they shouldn't be in the bike lane, go ahead and add it to this thread. Please be safe if you are taking pics or video! :-)
My hope is that we can collectively build some evidence of what we see when riding in the city with the overall hope of better enforcement of "bikes only" and improving maintenance.
Update: More Hashtags to Capture Vehicles in the Bike Lane
With popular hashtags:
#LaneSpreading (Chicago Bike Selling)
#ClearTheWay (ActiveTrans), there are many options to capture violations.
We think you should use ALL of them AND post your photos on The Chainlink. ;-)
I sent an email with the picture to UIC Catering and I got a reply from UIC catering, it is actually a UIC dining services vehicle. The director of UIC catering (who was very understanding of the problem this behavior presents) forwarded my email to the individual in charge of dining services.
Milwaukee northbound just south of Ogden/ Chicago Ave.
Sometimes the obstructions in a bike lane are only momentary, but if that moment happens to be right when you need the lane, and you're blocked in by a curb on one side and stationary cars on the other, there may not be too many options.
I wasn't properly a witness to this, but arrived to catch some of the aftermath before anything got moved - so I must not have been too far behind. Someone was already calling for an ambulance when I arrived. I'm posting this in case here its useful to anyone involved. Everyone was up and moving around and talking. In the video you can see the cyclist had his light on blinkers and his shoe and bike stayed on one side of the car while he went over to the other side. I only stuck around until the fire truck arrived since there were actual witnesses present and the driver was still there. Its hard to see but the car's windshield was broken in two places.
I hope the bicyclist involved is okay.
Sadly unsurprised by this. Drivers frequently turn across traffic lanes when the cars leave a gap for them to do so, without looking for other traffic - bikes - that may still be moving into the path of their turn.
He stood up after I arrived and was talking, I saw him take a picture of the license plate on the car. I am not a doctor, but I suspect he will be ok in time, even after the adrenaline wears off. I saw a helmet on the ground, so, I suspect & hope he was wearing that. that's actually him in the grey shirt in the first photo, the motorist is the one standing in the 3rd photo on his cell phone in the puffy jacket.
I've witnessed several collisions in this exact same spot for the exact same reason. and have been almost involved with a couple of other ones.
Its always good to know where the problem spots are on our usual routes. I would love it if there were some good visualization of statistics showing where the bike related accidents happen in the city. My guess is that they would simply correspond to where the bike routes/lanes are, but at a more granular level to see what specific spots or intersections along those routes stand out.
In general, anytime I'm passing cars on their right my spidey sense is tingling - curmudgeon that I am, I think all the new 'protected' bike lanes are actually more dangerous than the old ones were - at least at intersections. With the old lanes I could easily shift over to the left to avoid that dreaded right hook.