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. ;-)
225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted. This d*chebag threatened to call the police on me when I knocked on the driver's window to inform her sorry a** that she was illegally parked in the bike lane. Jesus f*cking Christ. Am I insane to believe that postal workers have to have IQ's at least above 50, and carry a valid driver's license that indicates that they have some level of faculties that allow them to even attempt to follow basic traffic laws? Four postal vehicles reported today.
On Monday I am going to contact a lawyer. There has to be something we can do to force the post office to stop being complete a**wipes, and follow the city's basic traffic laws.
I would't be surprised if the police sided with a postal worker in a situation like this. She is a federal worker. She would say that you were harassing or impeding her ability to do her job. I don't say this to mean I am siding with her. I am just offering some perspective. Now, if it were a private car things "might" be different. Then again, knowing the police, they might not be different after all.
I hope a lawyer can help. I'm not too hopeful though. Maybe a class action lawsuit?
@N0+H3R +00L doze C@&3R$ @R3!!!
So, let's summarize this asinine week. In 5 days I spent less than 120 minutes riding in the bike lanes. I submitted 50 reports, a new record for one week. That's one report for every 2.4 minutes.
The city's Finance Department supposedly has over 100 workers patrolling the streets, and yet averages less than 2 ticket per worker per day. Am I f*cking crazy? Are these nitwits sitting in Starbucks all day? They sure the hell aren't out patrolling the bike lanes, and if they are they certainly aren't focusing on the hotspots that have been identified through the 311 system.
I'm at my wits end.
So why not figure out who the bosses of the ticket writers are and contact them? Maybe post their information here so we can all make contact?
BTW, you are doing a great job reporting all these offenses. We all owe you a debt of gratitude, maybe even a beer at some point!
The Manager of Parking for the Department of Finance is Donald R Knox You can call him at 312 747 0110. My guess for email would be Donald.Knox@cityofchicago.org based on the common format for emails for employees of the city.
Go to the citywide employee directory: https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/employeephonedirectory/ Click on "More Options" and select "Department" and fill in "Finance" and hit "Search"
This is a big list. You can sort by "Title" and clicking thru the pages you'll find a whole list of "PARKING AIDE ENFORCEMENT" names.
If you want to go to the Top Dog:
Erin S. Keane - City Comptroller
Erin.Keane@cityofchicago.org (Again, a guess at her email)
Maybe a barrage of emails could get us some results. If anybody writes to them let us know what response you get.
I spoke with the head of Finance earlier this year at the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council. I was assured that they were hiring more workers to patrol the streets, and that the ticket count was increasing. In my opinion it's not increasing fast enough. I have never seen a Finance Department enforcer on Franklin St. You would think that a 1/2 mile stretch of bike lane that has several hundred 311 reports in the past year would warrant a little attention.
The phrase "low hanging fruit" comes to mind.....
Why am I not surprised?
Fortunately the article doesn't say that exactly. Attorneys were making that argument (note that this article is from 2013).
Also, the following quote comes from the same article:
David Van Allen, regional spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview that postal employees "are subject to obeying local traffic laws and ordinances just like any other citizen. However, the Postal Service cannot legally be billed for any traffic violation fines incurred by its employees."