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I got harassed by four separate motorists on my commute home this evening! I was riding down Lincoln, in the middle of the lane for parts of it because I didn't feel safe riding all the way to the right. Lincoln does not have a bike land, only sharrows. I don't like to ride inside of the door zone, and cars were passing me too close on the right. I got honked at a lot and yelled at. Same thing happened on Aldine. I try to ride down side streets because they have less motor traffic. I don't quite understand why the cars didn't go one block over to Belmont instead, if they were sick of being stuck behind me. A taxi and a Cadillac followed me for two miles, honking and yelling the whole way, while following too closely. Sorry for the rant, I am just getting frustrated with asshole drivers. Am I being too aggressive by riding in the middle of the lane?

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I'm pretty sure you have no idea how I act at work or the level of service I provide. 

Once again I will point out I asked questions that you, as usual, refuse to address directly:

How is blocking traffic safe?

How can blocking traffic and impeding progress be considered 'sharing the road?'



You are choosing to ignore the fact that the actions of the cyclist here are putting them in a dangerous situation.  



Zoetrope said:

Dug, since the issue of how cyclists are perceived by the public is clearly dear to you,  (unfortunately more than rider safety) I highly recommend you spend less time acting like a prick on the Chainlink and at Rapid Trans, and more time having compassion for and patience with fellow cyclists.       

notoriousDUG said:

...fanatical trolling...

You are correct, this is my point but said nicer.

David Barish said:

We need to be mindful of Marshall McLuhan.  Our words and actions need to jive.  I agree with Dug's intent but think perhaps his word choice belied his message. I read that message as - The road is a cooperative acitivty. bikes, cars, etc all have to play together. I completely agree with him.  One could argue his tone (we all get hyped a bit and I will give him a pass) was less cooperative.  Lincoln Ave. is a perfect vehicle for this discussion as there is room on both sides for the experienced cyclist. We must keep our eyes peeled for  doors as we should not be smack dab in the middle of the lane unless we are making a maneuver or otherwise temporarily occupying.  The far right is also a poor place to be (both on the road and otherwise). Darting from behind cars to being in sight is not a great way to ride.  Take a straight line in between the parked cars and driving ones. Everybody moves except when somebody double parks. If you do not yet have the experience to do this you may not be ready for riding this road.  I admit urban cycling can be claustophobic for the inexperienced.  It takes time to get comfortable. 

 

This morning I rode in with a group and a guy was making a delivery with a small truck on Wells and took up the bike lane. Somebody in the group must have barked at him. He said "Hey, I'm just trying to do my job."  He really had no other option and didn't deserve the dissonance. It was not hard to ride around him. I would have less tolerance for a car just sitting there outside of a Starbucks.

I've been on that part of Lincoln a lot; it is not that bad.

I am not sure of the exact speed limit there but I am going to guess it is either 20 or 25MPH which I very much doubt the O/P was maintaining.  He could have been but I think it is very unlikely.  If you are moving at the pace of traffic, or very close to it, motorists do not tend to honk and get mad when they have to pass you.



Daniel G said:

Again, this is not the section he was referring to or anywhere near it. Lincoln is a long road. He rides Montrose to Belmont and the conditions are totally different from the section south of Fullerton that everyone keeps wanting to talk about.

He's said that he was traveling at the speed limit which not one person has acknowledged and this is honestly turning into like the worst thread.



in it to win it said:

Lincoln from Halsted to Wells has been easy for me for four years.  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.  AM/PM.  Almost every week day, any weather.  I am not Superman.  I am still in one piece. 

Peace.

 

 



Daniel G said:

Again, this is not the section he was referring to or anywhere near it. Lincoln is a long road. He rides Montrose to Belmont and the conditions are totally different from the section south of Fullerton that everyone keeps wanting to talk about.

He's said that he was traveling at the speed limit which not one person has acknowledged and this is honestly turning into like the worst thread.



in it to win it said:

Lincoln from Halsted to Wells has been easy for me for four years.  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.  AM/PM.  Almost every week day, any weather.  I am not Superman.  I am still in one piece. 

Peace.

 

 I do not recall seeing any post about travelling the speed limit. That limit is 25 mph and if he can do this in jeans on a hybrid he doesn't need our help. I don't think that is what happened.  The stretch between Belmont and  Montrose is not particularly dangerous or scary. It gets most crowded when the auto traffic comes to a standstill and bikes are the only things moving as we approch Montrose.  As I mentioned before, if that is a difficult stretch it means he just  needs a little more seasoning. With time it will come.

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Kevin C said:

Difficult to tell from your account of the events, but if you are obstructing a taxi and a Cadillac for two miles, you are no longer traffic, you are a traffic hazard. Taking the lane is a short term solution to traffic impediments and stretches of fast roads where there's not adequate room to ride to the right and avoid the door zone. I don't think aggressive is the proper adjective. You may not be fast enough or may be lacking in bike handling skills that make it difficult for you to ride with traffic. If your solution is that cars should get off the road which you have decided to occupy, and take an alternate route, it doesn't sound like you're being an aware or astute "share the road" user. Drivers get frustrated with asshole bike riders too.

there are those that tell me the mere act of setting bicycle on roadway is an act of self-endangering insanity, so?

this thread has been careening around my gargantuan granitic melon for awhile.... on the last ricochet... I pondered....

as a shoe-on-the-other foot and a foot-in-the-mouth kinda guy... dare I turn it around?... sort of flip the script?

what if it was a mambo-headed bicyclist in front of you?.. doing precisely to you what you were doing to those cars?

increase the peace, ever-luvvin' brethren....
it is already too hot out there! this is chicago, dudes!.. people have been capped for far less.

ripples from the wings of a butterfly, beloved... or from the wail-wind of a bludgeoning? let's be careful out there.

i am fresh out of grace. this is why i so seek it in others. i am the objection i wish removed.

"It takes Strength to be Gentle and Kind" -The Smiths

there is so little time

"people have been capped for far less . . ."

Sorry to pull this out of context, enlightened one, but this is the kind of thinking that allows a culture of fear and lawlessness to take hold and eventually rule.  People should not stop standing up and speaking up for what they believe is right. 

For once, I can not be blamed for what has transpired in this thread...

Then you had to go ruin everything and post, didn't you...

Just wait at an intersection for the cars to clear, then proceed. Problem solved.  Bike "safety" is staying as far away from cars as possible IMO. 

Wow, makes me glad I moved :)

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