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Ben Raines replied to Peter Gibson's discussion Looking for a route, Northbrook to the lakefront trail
"Huh, I would be inclined to do skokie lagoons to northbranch trail to elston.  cut over from elston at something like Webster, (not a main car road but a through-street) to cut over to the lakefront. Sort of the reverse of a ride I do many…"
Mar 7
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"I agree - though I think the standard does have to be higher than someone posted a pic to the internet - maybe if the original photographer/videographer walked into a station and swore out a statement/filed an official police report vouching for the…"
Oct 18, 2018
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"this one takes the cake  kinda glad I woke up with a fever today and didn't bike in...  https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/10/17/driver-goes-down-downtown-bike-lane/"
Oct 17, 2018
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"Dug, that seems like a little bit of a troll-ish position to take.  Certainly one could argue that they HAVE to stop there until the obstruction in their lane is moved - which I think perfectly references another troll-ish position - always…"
Jun 25, 2018
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"I was amazed to see this in the bike lane. More amazed that the driver was out of her car pushing & shoving the cyclist for telling her she was in the wrong. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help, but I was running late to meet my wife…"
Mar 16, 2018
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"As much as I would love that, I was surprised that the new dedicated bus lanes on Madison and Washington in the loop are explicitly NOT shared bus/bike lanes. I think current traffic planning thinkers are working hard to divide up every potential…"
Jan 19, 2018
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"Please take the age old adages to heart: 'you catch more flies with honey than vinegar' and that one about 'glass houses and stones' - be polite but firm and and certainly non-destructive in any grass roots action..."
Nov 30, 2017
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Nov 28, 2017
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"Glad to hear you're mostly ok, it seemed like you would be. Good luck with the insurance thing. I went through all that after getting T-boned a while back, I recommend seeing a doctor or Physical therapist to get checked out and saving all your…"
Nov 18, 2017
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
" Its always good to know where the problem spots are on our usual routes.  I would love it if there were some good visualization of statistics showing where the bike related accidents happen in the city. My guess is that they would simply…"
Nov 16, 2017
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"He stood up after I arrived and was talking, I saw him take a picture of the license plate on the car. I am not a doctor, but I suspect he will be ok in time, even after the adrenaline wears off. I saw a helmet on the ground, so, I suspect &…"
Nov 15, 2017
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"Milwaukee northbound just south of Ogden/ Chicago Ave. Sometimes the obstructions in a bike lane are only momentary, but if that moment happens to be right when you need the lane, and you're blocked in by a curb on one side and parking on the…"
Nov 14, 2017
Ben Raines replied to Yasmeen's discussion What's this doing in the bike lane?
"I guess I get that the bicycle lane is perceived as 'lower traffic' and that we're more maneuverable and able to pass in the car's lane so there would be a real reason to block the bike lane rather than the car lane if the choice…"
Sep 26, 2017

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What I ride:
Road, Cyclocross
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Exercise, Commuting, Distance, Around Town

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At 12:54pm on April 26, 2013, Lisa Curcio said…

Hey Ben.  I stop at every single red light too, no matter what.  Not so much for stop signs, though. ;-)  Of course, you go a lot faster than I do, so I might see you at one red light along Milwaukee, but I know I won't see you at any more after that!

At 3:47pm on May 31, 2010, Kelly said…
Hey Ben! Great meeting you today. I owe you a beer for your wonderful helpfulness at the end. ;-) Sorry about the abrupt departure! I thought perhaps you were heading south and we were going east. Either way, thanks for coming out. Next time we'll get better weather. :-) kelly
 
 
 

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