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. ;-)
That's a special person, and that's their personal left-turn lane. I see this often on Jackson between Desplaines and Jefferson, though less often since the lane markings were re-done. When it happens, it's *multiple* special people.
Earlier this year when I was using crutches and a boot, I frequently rode the #7 bus from Union Station to UIC. They almost always used the bike lane on Harrison; I do have to say that the driver would merge into traffic if there were a bicycle in the lane. I wonder if this sets a bad example for car drivers though...
Bad example or not, it's illegal for a bus to drive in the bike lane.
'Not quite as bad a morning on the trip to/from Pilsen, but I still managed to snag 17 illegally stopped/parked vehicle in the bike lanes. WTF.