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You blew the red light east bound on Lawrence at Damen at 5:26 pm this evening.


There was enough time for the biker in front of me to make it half way into the intersection, northbound on Damen, before you came whizzing past my front wheel.


I yelled "You're an idiot!" at your big haired chick, self, and you looked back at me. I meant it!


I woulda testified for any of the cars, that managed to not kill you, if they had.


Keep riding like a tard!




Witness bad behavior during your commute? Feel free to post. Maybe that lovely human can read it and think they are famous. Maybe you can also inspire the whole generation of kids to shower but we can start with small things.

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This dude screamed "BEHIND! BEHIND!" at me at a red light and was clearly pissed that I didn't move over (into another cyclist) from where I was stopping to let him blow the light. He obviously has anger issues and is a misogynist as well. At the next light I pointed out to him that had he rear-ended me, it would have been his fault, and he not only screamed at me he also told me to "go back to the kitchen and do dishes."

Pretty sure I've encountered this jerk before and that he thinks screaming "BEHIND" or "LEFT" at other cyclists obligates you to move out of his way, even if it's into a door zone or another cyclist.

I just ignore those types. I enjoy seeing them work themselves up into a lather.


That's probably the best course of action.

I probably would've mustered my most patronizing tone to say:

"That's right. You're BEHIND me at this red light. Very observant!"

To the 3 Divvy shitheads I met on my commute yesterday:


1. You were stopped at a red light in the middle of the Dearborn lanes and also in the middle of the crosswalk for some reason. I pulled up to the stop line all the way to the right (as usual) and said, "Good morning." You stared at me but didn't say anything in response. When the light turned green, you immediately turned directly into my path for no apparent reason. I now realize that you wanted to prevent me from passing you, which was nonetheless inevitable with zero effort. You hauled ass to catch me as I glided to the next red light but, after it turned green, I never saw you again. Did you not have a good morning?


2. You shoaled me at a red light on Clinton, but never actually stopped. Instead, you weaved back and forth through a crowded crosswalk. When the light turned green, you were directly in front of me but perpendicular to the lane, blocking everybody who was facing the correct direction. Great job keeping your momentum and timing the light so perfectly!


3. You saw me crossing the intersection with a full head of steam and thought, "This is the perfect time to enter the bike lane!" Since this was a non-buffered lane in full rush hour traffic, it was impossible to simply go around you, so I was forced to slam on the breaks to avoid a certain collision and possibly death. For the next block, you alternated between pedaling furiously for 4 seconds and resting for 4 seconds, achieving speeds in excess of 5 MPH! I can see why you felt that you could seamlessly merge with bike lane traffic from a dead stop.

Another connected connection only not on a bike. Delivering to 226 North Clinton last name not given but I check the directory for unit number/name, nope.

Maintenance guy acknowledges me through glass door but continues vacuuming so I look at my phone to call the person and then a guy swipes himself in so I pigg yback to come in the lobby.

He does a 180 puts his fist in my chest attempts to push me backwards through the door then as if I'm speaking to a bot for customer service telephone call says "someone will be with you shortly" 

Maintenance guy intervenes asks me what how I'm doing and says that they get fined. IDGAF! For what?

Assaulting a guy delivering food?

You were northbound on LaSalle near Adams at noon, riding a Divvy bike with a SUPER bright flashing light strapped onto your helmet. That light was brighter than a lot of car headlights. Having something that bright on flash in a densely populated area is just an asshole move.

You could cause crashes by blinding people. Something that bright should only be used on rural roads where drivers need to be able to see you from a distance, and it's safer if it's on solid, NOT flash.

What is it with the big flashing lights?  I get it that they are definitely visible.  But I'm ready to start a movement for solid, not flashing, front lights on all bikes.  Those flashing lights really irritate my brain and make it hard for me to concentrate.  I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I agree 100%. I think this trend towards bigger and brighter has gone too far.

FYI - Something I've heard from a friend with TBI (traumatic brain injury) as well as another friend with epilepsy is that extremely bright flashing lights can cause SEIZURES. Scary stuff. 

Yeah, I know people for whom flashing lights are a seizure trigger.  Very dangerous!  I don't know how they could ever bike at night on a dark path.  I have to put my hand up so I can't see the oncoming flashing light, but it isn't even dangerous for me, just uncomfortable.  I wonder if people don't know that flashing lights cause seizures??

I suspect that most people don't know. That's why I put the word out in places like this from time to time. 

Extremely bright flashing lights are uncomfortable, distracting and annoying for me. I would hate to see someone injured or killed because they had a seizure triggered by some clueless clod's overly bright light.

I thought persons with seizure disorders were medically barred from driving for that very reason?


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