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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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225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

9-40-060 Driving, standing or parking on bicycle paths or lanes prohibited. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not drive, unless entering or exiting a legal parking space, or stand, or park the vehicle upon any on-street path or lane designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or otherwise drive or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such path or lane. The driver of a vehicle shall not stand or park the vehicle upon any lane designated by pavement markings for the shared use of motor vehicles and bicycles, or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such lane; provided, however, the driver of a bus may stop the bus in any such lane (i) at a designated bus stop for the purpose of loading or unloading of passengers, (ii) in case of an emergency; or (iii) as permitted in Section 9-48-050(d) of this Code. In addition to the fine provided in Section 9-4-025 of this Code, any vehicle parked in violation of this section shall be subject to an immediate tow and removal to a city vehicle pound or authorized garage.

351 N Orleans St. 311 report submitted.

30 S Wells St. 311 reports submitted.

9-40-060 Driving, standing or parking on bicycle paths or lanes prohibited. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not drive, unless entering or exiting a legal parking space, or stand, or park the vehicle upon any on-street path or lane designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or otherwise drive or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such path or lane. The driver of a vehicle shall not stand or park the vehicle upon any lane designated by pavement markings for the shared use of motor vehicles and bicycles, or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such lane; provided, however, the driver of a bus may stop the bus in any such lane (i) at a designated bus stop for the purpose of loading or unloading of passengers, (ii) in case of an emergency; or (iii) as permitted in Section 9-48-050(d) of this Code. In addition to the fine provided in Section 9-4-025 of this Code, any vehicle parked in violation of this section shall be subject to an immediate tow and removal to a city vehicle pound or authorized garage.

Just curious.  Did the bus stop mid-block, or is it in a line of vehicles stopped at the stop light (it kinda looks like the later based on the pic)? 

If it is the later, are you saying Chicago code doesn't allow cars to be stopped at a light in a traffic lane marked with a sharrow?  If so, pretty sure that's how the code works, as it would effectively mean whole stretches of Milwaukee Ave would be impermissible for a car to stop at a light in given the presence of sharrows in one lane of traffic each direction.  

It stopped mid block. Third time this company has done it in the past few weeks at this location. At first I thought the cab was stuck behind it, but he was cashing out a passenger.

That sucks, and I should have known better to even question given that it's Wells, which is pretty notorious for people just stopping in otherwise flowing traffic.  

But to his point, you can't actually tell that it is stopped mid-block from this photo. A lot of your photos can be classified as "unactionable" because the context is unclear. It's not even always clear that the offending car is stopped.

1 S Franklin St. 311 report submitted. What is so bloody difficult about pulling to the curb? Do they teach that in drivers education these days?

33 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

151 S Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

1 S Franklin St. 311 report submitted. Lyft.

151 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted. Uber. No, he wasn't trying to parallel park.

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