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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. ;-)

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OMG, I think I saw that last night! Where was that??

It was on ardmore right after the end of the lakefront trail up north.

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

10/18/2017 @10:25am

Helping disabled CTA bus?

IL M200465

1850 W. Roosevelt Road

10/18/2017 @10:25am

IL T655599

The only way to get a parking ticket in the bike lane. Park perpendicular in it. 

Okay, that's right...yeah, the lights were blinking, and I kept trying to gauge whether that car was going to be moving forward. I took my chances and slowly went past it and saw there was nobody in the car!

Uber driver using the Elston bike lane (at Augusta) to drop off a passenger. Reported to 311 and Uber. 

Response from Uber:

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We take the safety of riders and drivers very seriously.
As a result of your feedback, we will be reviewing the driver’s account and potentially re-evaluating the driver's access to Uber. As our Community Guidelines make clear, drivers using the app are expected to drive safely and follow the law at all times. This includes respecting everyone who shares the road.
We appreciate you choosing Uber

Most Uber drivers do this. And the other, Lyft, and taxis, and aaaargh! 

I was in an Uber on Monday headed up to a meeting. Even though it was raining, and there weren't many riders out, I told the driver to not drop me off on a bike lane, so I asked him to up one more block to drop me off on a street without a bike lane. 

Last night on my way home, I was in the contraflow lane on Ardmore...or I THINK it's Ardmore??? Anyhoo...there was a Lyft driver pulled over in the bike lane. Guy in front of me yelled at him: "YOU'RE AN @$$HOLE!" Lyft driver yelled, "Right back atcha" or something to that effect. Then....Mr. I'll Yell At The Lyft Driver For This Traffic Violation zooms RIGHT THROUGH THE BIKE-SPECIFIC STOP SIGN and nearly takes out two people walking in the crosswalk; the woman said, "Who's the @$$hole now?"

1737 W. Polk Street

10/18/2017 @4:00pm

IL Q722672

What a bunch of jerks! 


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