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. ;-)
Did you call it into the police? Looks dangerous to me.
I faxed them a copy of the 7:10am picture I took.
Is this by UIC? I saw UIC Police writing a ticket for an Uber driver the other day.
Yes - Roosevelt and Wood.
Do yourself a favor and download the VLC player. It allows you to take full-resolution screenshots.
I have brought this to the attention of the alderwoman so many times and am always told they are looking into the law regarding this. I will send them an email pointing them to this thread and posting..
and here is the response from the office of Alderman Laurino:
Short answer is bikes are allowed to "take the lane" in Chicago to avoid an obstruction or hazard like a pot hole on the right side of the road and that's true with or without a bike lane. And vehicles are not supposed to park in bike lanes. ActiveTrans (formerly known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has a campaign now to address this.
Active Trans recently launched a new campaign, Clear the Way, aimed at increasing efforts to report instances of illegally parked vehicles in bike lanes, poor ...