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As many cyclists opt for other modes of transportation down town (hopefully public transportation), people lose awareness of the bike lanes and the cyclists on them as the weather gets colder. I am one of the lucky ones who rides year round... pedestrians just need to pay attention.

I have more footage of pedestrians crossing intersections or stopping in the middle of the bike lane, but this one takes the cake. 

Video only shows what it shows... but I am glad I didn't rip my pants, and glad I always wear a helmet. Back is sore as well as my left hand and left knee. AY!

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I walk or ride portions of Dearborn between Van Buren and Madison nearly every day. I wish this kind of stupidity was rare, but it's not. When I'm waiting on a corner as a ped, I've often commented to people who were starting to step out into the lane against the light "hey, don't forget that this is a traffic lane, and most of the traffic comes through early or late on the green light." Way too many step out when there's a gap between waves of bike traffic in the middle of the green bike lane signal.

I've simply started to yell LOOK. I've lost patience, they look at me like I'm a jerk but they look.

I've done that, and sometimes used less polite words when they see me and/or other cyclists and refuse to move. 

More often I'm looking ahead and yelling "STOP!" at someone who is about to step into the lane. Sometimes morons are walking parallel to the curb, using the bike lane as a sidewalk. My response to them: "This is NOT a sidewalk. It's a traffic lane. Get on the sidewalk NOW!"

I've yelled STOP! and LOOK OUT! and some times I yell DING! DING! DING! on the LFT - And some times, I just yell like AAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Gets attention.

Sure does. ;)

Another example of why bike lanes of any type, are STUPID and dangerous...they give cyclists a false sense of complacency and security.  Pedestrians don't obey street markings or cross-walk lines...both those guys were J-walking in the middle of the block.  So why would we expect them to be aware, and observe, bike lane striping?

When I ride that Dearborn Bike Lane, I'm always ready to swerve out into traffic to avoid sudden bike lane obstructions, like a car door, pothole, or pedestrian.

My riding style is EXACTLY THE SAME with a designated bike lane, as it would be on the open road, where there's no bike lane.  And making a PBL out of a striped bike lane increases my anxiety level...because the PBL barricades only reduce my room to maneuver around obstructions...they don't ensure that there will be no obstructions.

And sorry Ernesto, I love your bike videos.  But I think the complacent attitude you exhibit when you ride that bike lane is one day going to get you, or someone else, seriously hurt.  Forget the lane; ride just as defensively as you would on the open road.

It's ok. I was going slow. There's another video where I was going way too fast at the oncoming intersection (Dearborn and Jackson) and to avoid an inattentive pedestrian, I crashed hard and got a concussion. 

I  cannot  tell you how many times  I have  been  standing  at a corner as a ped and  had  to call out  "heads up" or  grab somebody who was aimlessly wandering  into one of the  loop  bike lanes. With a bit less  bike traffic peds seem even  less aware.   I pretty much ride through the lanes continually thumbing  my bell but my warmer winter gloves, which  I wore today, do not  always make the bell  ring and  I have  to use  my voice.

I need to get a train horn. 

I've thought about making a looping recording of the bell from a METRA engine and just play it along Dearborn.

That IS not a bad idea. I haven't ridden with the bluetooth speaker in a few weeks, blaring heavy metal - it goes to 11. People hear it. I should carry it with me again.

Love it!

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