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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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225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted. It's 2019, and what do you know, it's still illegal to stop or park in a shared by lane.

Argonne, is the Uber driver still the fastest growing segment where you ride?  That may be the fastest growing "doored" segment, because unlike Uber, I observe that Uber makes it over to the curb less often than cabs.

I'm still digging for the 2018 total ticket revenue... over $300k like in the past years which gets rolled into the general revenue/general fund slush as complained about in a separate thread, but I just don't have the figure in print like here:

Meanwhile I've scrolled through this, which is incomplete for sure:

Personally, I think cabs are still the biggest offenders. Bike Lane Uprising has a presentation that breaks down the categories of offenders I believe. Certainly Uber/Lyft are near the top.

Thanks Argonne, yes, that makes sense with cabs being so prevalent down town being the majority offenders. Sigh.   I rarely see the cabs up on the north side anymore, where here the Uber&Lyft cars dominate the bike lane lately.   I was checking out the BikeLaneUprising info here on the narrower select group of repeat offender in the database.  Disappointing is that the post office is in 4th place!  I'd have hoped they'd have their parking spots all worked out for their routes. 

Restaurant delivery trucks are also big-time offenders on the north side, which worries me too because they're so difficult to see around, they really narrow the road-way, and their drivers don't have very good visibility to see things either. 

Looking at the BLU insights page (, they show Uber as the biggest offender, followed by Taxis, Lyft, and the US Post Office. If you combine Uber and Lyft, they far outnumber the others.

That's my sense too Argonne, day-to-day and in the stats as well at least for repeat offense.  My big fear still with the Uber/Lyft folks is also getting doored.  When the cabbie drops someone off, they often get close to the curb (but still in the bike lane) from their old training and years of being hassled by the cops, and, hoping for a new fare on the sidewalk or elsewhere.  But with Uber, as soon as their GPS gets to the spot, it's "ding" and they stop in their traffic lane (though sometimes pull over) and then either side door of the back opens up, often right into the bike lane.  Plus, I can usually spot the cabs and be extra vigilant.  But with Uber around, any random gray Toyota Corolla can stop suddenly and present their door to my handlebars. 

The Post Office really frosts my a**, because there's basically no way to force them to obey the law. One can't sue the Post Office, and they claim that they're not liable for tickets.

favorite quotation of the day. I'm going to be giggling for the rest of my afternoon "frosts my a**"

225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

ComEd employee, just getting some Gatorade and cigarettes, using 84 E. Washington St. bike lane as its personal parking spot. 

Hi Ernesto, I'm curious if you shared this video with ComEd and if so what response you got?  A few years ago I tweeted to them about unshoveled sidewalk adjacent to their sub-station in HP and they answered almost right away. Plus the sidewalk did (eventually) get shoveled.

I did, this was their response: 


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