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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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Generally speaking, I'd say that my encounters with CTA bus drivers is good. I find that they respect cyclists for the most part. However, there are a few bad apples, such as this total d*ck. I'm approaching Hubbard on northbound Orleans at speed coming down the incline. I'm ~100 ft from the intersection and bus stop. Instead of getting in behind me for the few seconds it'll take to reach the intersection, the bus driver dive bombs me and jumps on the brakes. Seriously, WTF. Total d*ck move.

Agreed that it was unnecessarily aggressive driving on the part of the CTA driver. I've had more than a few encounters with the CTA over the years. Fortunately, you lived to tell the tale. However, I think I'll pass on the movie. 

If you're on Twitter, tweet CTA including the photos. I've had a good response doing that in the past.

You can make your complaint here - include the time, bus number, location and any other identifiable information.

There's no way to include a picture, but you could provide a link to the pictures of this incident as they appear here on the Chainlink.
I think you should consider Bob's suggestions. By the way I have made two reports to CTA about aggressive drivers. Both times I got a response. The second time I also sent a letter because the driver ran a stop sign and nearly hit me, forcing me into the lane on the wrong side of the street. I heard back from both the regular complaint line as well as the legal office where I sent the letter to.

A standard city plow and a standard city driver make it quick and easy to clear the non-protected bike lane.  No extra concrete to buy and pour, no loss of original total roadway width for ambulances, bikes, cars, fire trucks, parkers, buses, etc.  No specialized equipment, no extra driver, none of those sorts of costs.  For the proponents of the non-protected bike lanes wanting to keep bike lanes clear today, this is a fairly compelling perspective, all before 10:00am following an overnight snow storm.  Of course protected bike lanes have their own atributes and fans.  Meanwhile, here's a cleared bike lane:

I agree. I find I'm a luke-warm advocate for bike lanes in general, but winter snow clearance is a major issue. The Jackson Blvd lane I take every workday is non-protected ("buffered"), and yet it is rarely plowed in the winter. This requires me to ride in the narrowed roadway, competing with the cars. I have not found reporting this condition to be effective.


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