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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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https://www.transitchicago.com/feedback/

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.

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.

Thanks for the link to the CTA feedback page. I've submitted a report with links to the photos.

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.

353 N Desplaines St. 311 report submitted.

298 S Desplaines St.

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.

324 S Desplaines St. 311 report submitted. There is legal parking in front of this fire station 8 feet to the left of the bike lane. Absolutely no reason why he has to be in the bike lane.

802 S Halsted St. 311 report submitted. 'More like Muscle Head. There's legal parking 50 ft in front of the truck.

962 W 18th St. 311 report submitted.

948 W 18th St. 311 report submitted.

990 S Halsted St. 311 reports submitted. Once again, legal parking less than 100 ft north.


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