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 was heading to Union Station this evening, along the Jackson Blvd bike lane. In front of the CPD Training and Education Academy there was an unoccupied squad car parked in the lane. Traffic in the adjacent lane was fairly heavy, so I stopped. As I did so, another car pulled into the lane and stopped. I rolled up and asked the driver, an officer, if he was aware it was a violation of Chicago Municipal Code to block the lane. He suggested that when a traffic lane is blocked, the thing to do is go around. I should have pointed out that a bike lane is not a "traffic lane", but didn't. It was a fairly civilized exchange. As I went around the empty squad car to photograph it and the abundant space for parking blocked off by blue barricades, the officer re-parked his car at the side of the building. I sent an account of this interaction and these images to the Commander at the academy, with whom I've had some interesting, if not necessarily productive, e-mail exchanges.
If you're not having productive conversations with the commander, then it's time to take it up the chain of command.
I'll see what happens. I have noticed an apparent decrease in lane obstruction in front of the academy, but it's still happening to me a couple times a week at least. While I was there, a JimmyJohns delivery cyclist rode up and we chatted. He confirmed my experience. I will start reporting these events on Bike Lane Uprising, at least. Unfortunately, I don't have time to report every bike lane obstruction... there are so many!
I have suggested to the Commander that the spaces blocked by the blue barricades be made available for short-term, police-only parking. Stay tuned.
Why on Earth are the blue barricades there to begin with FFS?
Good question! All I can think of is it's to keep the police from parking in front of the academy. Oh, wait...
Semi or more than semi related on the topic of cranky, angry or unhelpful members of CPD. Chicago Tonight did a segment on the 12th. "Study: Civilian Complaints Can be Used to Predict Future Police Misconduct" Pardon is this is straying too far off topic. Yes - for myself - I do see an connection between CPD employees not giving a d**m about your bicycle lane complaint as relevant. Am I allowed to embed a URL? https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/09/12/study-civilian-complaint...
Yeah - parking on bike lane to get their Starbucks.