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I'm sorry you were so offended that I tapped on your car mirror. You were glued to your phone and it was the only way to get your attention and let you know you were blocking the entire bike lane (N. Deaborn @ Post Office) during the rush and forcing cyclists into traffic.

And while I think it was a little ironic to speed down the street to tell me I broke the law, I definitely think throwing a glass bottle was a bit much. However, since it shattered in your car and not on me, I'll let it slide.

I can't even fathom the courage and strength it must have took to put your foot down and whip down the block and around the corner. But boy were you red with embarrassment when I took the alley and cut you off. You must have ran out of bottles because this time you kept the windows up. I'm sure your partner will be proud of the example you set for your daughter in the back seat.

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Nice restraint!   I'm sure I would have escalated the issue; don't like crazy, drunk drivers, no matter what their excuse.

But this incident is just another example of the danger of bike lanes.  Cyclists are lulled into a false sense of 'ownership,' that no other road users share.   Not drivers; not pedestrians; not even police, the courts, or their juries.


I would like to see some car double park in a regular (non bike) traffic lane (as opposed to a bike lane), blocking all traffic, and let's see this lack of sense of ownership that the drivers behind them will demonstrate. I know you're on this anti bike lane crusade, but I really disagree that only bikers have a sense of "ownership" over the bike lanes. If cars double parked in car lanes the way they do in bike lanes, I think you'd see just as much if not more (likely more), righteous indignation.


How do read this and walk away with the conclusion that the bike lane was the problem? I think you're confusing cause with correlation. The bike lane didn't cause this behavior. The motorist's false sense of entitlement (and rage issues) did.

I was biking on the street before we had any bike lanes, and can assure you that double parking and other selfish/road rage behavior like this pre-dates them. No cyclist actually confuses bike lanes on the street with standalone bike trails where there is no traffic present, they're helpful in terms of sending a clear line-in-the-sand message we belong on the street. This kind of behavior is the exception rather than the rule, so let's not throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater here.

I'm glad you're OK, Tooscrapps. And as a parent I am just shaking my head in disgust that someone would do this with their kid as a passenger. Talk about an epic parenting fail.


Thanks for saying this Carter. There is a street that desperately needs to have a bike lane by me (in D.C.) but does not (one of the most popular Metro lines has a lot of their stations on this street). It is the worst street I've been on in all of D.C. When I first moved here, I was nearly killed. While it's not 100% and needs a lot more enforcement, bike lanes do work to make us safer. 

Well said, Carter.

Why is the bike lane the problem here?   Well if there were no bike lane on Dearborn, and the black Acura was just pulled over while the driver used his cell phone, would the OP have felt entitled to touch his car, and claim 'ownership' of that 6'?

No.  I don't think so.  The OP would have just looked back, pulled out, and passed the parked car without incident.  After all, don't we WANT drivers to pull over if they're going to take a call?   Do we want yet another Distracted Driver weaving around behind us? 

By my reading of the described incident, the driver was completely in the right...and the OP was wrong.  He put himself in a dangerous Road Rage situation unnecessarily.  I think you'll admit:  if the striped bike lane hadn't been there, OP wouldn't have stopped, and wouldn't have started the issue.  So again I say...


Nice twisted logic. If the MDX hadn't been illegally parked in the bike lane, none of this would have happened.

Well A69, where do you want him to pull over to take that call?  

I'll admit, you just don't seem to get the message: no driver worries about bike lanes if they want to pull over.  And neither do pedestrians if they want to jay-walk in the middle of the block.  They just invade the bike lane whenever they please, and usually without even looking for oncoming bikes.

After you posting 10 000 photos over the past year of bike lane blockages on that other thread, I'd think those facts would begin to dawn on you.  Bike lanes mean nothing to other road users...and never will.  Us cyclists are just kidding ourselves, to our detriment. 


Where? Where it's not f*cking illegal!!!!!!

I don't give a sh*t if he pulls into an alley, or has to drive to the parking lot at O'Hare. He can park any f*cking place where it's legal to park, OK??????

Just because the city refuses to write tickets doesn't change the fact that it's f*cking illegal to park in a bike lane.

Look, Einstein, there are over 50,000 miles of streets in Chicago, and a few hundred miles of bike lanes. We haven't quite made driving impossible in this city. As others have noted, we assume you believe that sidewalks should be eliminated, or at best, cars should be able to drive on to the sidewalks to take calls, right, because a driver should pretty much be able to do whatever the f*ck they want.



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