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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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And cross traffic with a pallet of goods?

Sounds unsafe to me.

No less unsafe than forcing dozens of cyclists out into traffic.

Does taking the lane realy scare you that much?

I would much rather take the lane on a street with a bike lane with a car double-parked than have to deal with going around a double-parked vehicle on a street with no lane or just a sharrow.

How did you even ride a bike before all the bike lanes?

Say this to the folks at https://www.bikelaneuprising.com/, and every individual that posts infractions. 

Businesses need to have safe and legal places for delivery drivers to park their vehicles, unload and enter the businesses to deliver, or remove, items. There is no special provision that says delivery drivers are exempt from any laws or common courtesies that the rest of us are bound to when it comes to driving, stopping,maneuvering, parking, etc.  A loading zone is a loading zone and it's no more OK for me to leave my private vehicle in a loading zone while I go get some St@rbux that it is OK for a delivery driver to leave their vehicle in the middle of a lane of traffic, including a bike lane. If they have to cross the street "with a pallet of goods," then perhaps they should cross at a legal crossing place, like the corner, like any other pedestrian (which is what they now are if they are pushing or pulling a pallet of goods).

 Boo!

Oh the utopia you must live in inside your head...

Ideally, there would be spots for trucks to park but we built a city that doesn't have them so we make do.

So how do we create those spots?  Having that sort of design is what gives us suburbs and sprawl; you want a dense urban environment you have to deal with stuff like this.

So a delivery driver has to park across the street, Boo f*cking hoo. Every day I see delivery drivers parking legally, and rolling their hand carts across the street. When was the last time we heard about a delivery driver killed while rolling their handcart across the street. Ummmm. Never. Not frequently. Not once. Never. Ever. It's part of the job. They don't get a free pass. Every day thousands of pedestrians cross in the middle of blocks without getting flattened. A little common sense goes a looooooooooooooong way.

It may be a little more effort, but thousands of truck drivers manage to do their jobs every single f*cking day without breaking the law. Sorry, but you get zero, none, nada, sympathy from me.

How dare they not use the proper loading zones. Due to driver ignorance, I made https://twitter.com/84EWashington. All that went on between drivers parking on this stretch, drivers unloading, etc., and failing to use the proper loading are in the alley, caused for CDOT (form the amount of complaints about truck drivers not using the proper loading area). Pictures of drivers yelling, video, complaints to their companies. 

Now, rest assured, CDOT did a fine job and blocked all deliveries from that one spot, forcing deliveries to occur in the proper loading area in the alley. 

Is it wrong that I find that dog very cute? 

225 N Franklin 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.

As previously mentioned, I believe this is a useful approach - Last week I called the phone number on the truck(s) spoke with the risk management department at two trucking companies who's delivery vehicles were repeatedly illegally parked in my neighborhood. 

They were both interested in illegal driver behavior that creates a hazard, and a liability for the company.  Info they wanted was the cab and trailer numbers, location, and time of day.   Naturally I had photos of all that.  Their next steps in both instances are to speak with the dispatcher and the driver, and this is the really important part, it has cured the problem in both cases.

In my opinion and experience, involving people who are safeguarding a corporation from liability, and also involving the person who is the boss of a driver when the risk management department also has some influence over the dispatcher, is ultimately the best way to influence driver behavior and therefor what commercial vehicles do or don't end up parked where they shouldn't.   

Likewise in my opinion and experience, notifying the city bureaucracy doesn't bring about the changes I have accomplished in the manner above, and recommend that people follow the path of calling the company to get results.  I don't imagine it would work in every instance, but I went 2 for 2 last week, and you might also. 

Summary:  Call the company of the vehicle.  They care, the city doesn't, and it gets results.

225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted. Wow, that's interesting!!!

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.

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