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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:
#BikeLaneShaming

#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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1737 W. Polk Street

02/09/2018 @ 3:45pm

IN YMI736

Snow. Everywhere.

I've been reporting to 311 but I don't think it's doing much-- has anyone been getting results? I almost took a spill on the downhill bit on kinzie right by fulton park, going to avoid that in the future!

761 S. Damen Ave.

02/12/2018 @ 3:50pm

IL AL 25761

All this snow in the Dearborn bike lane between Monroe and Adams this morning.

W. Polk bollard protected bike lane looking east from Wood.

02/13/2018 @ 3:55pm

W. Polk bollard protected bike lane looking west from Wood.

02/13/2018 @ 3:55pm


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Did a 'bike split' (ouch!) on an icy patch during dismount. (lower-body muscle pull). Thanks CDOT.
Taking a 'bike break' till something changes.

WTF. How was the rest of the Dearborn bike path? I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see the bike eastbound bike lane on Kinzie relatively clear.

Breaking news:
Stay away from the Thomson Center - Police Emergency.

The real kicker is that out at UIC along Polk, the bike lanes have been unplowed, except for the illegal parking spots that people like in front of various UIC buildings. Those have been beautifully cleared out. 

LOL - just posted 3 pictures from the Polk bollard lane. Two of the snow pack and one of a car parked in one of those cleared out spots (with a ticket!).

170 N Wells St. 311 report submitted.

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