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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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That's not universal at all.  I know at least one person with a seizure disorder who has given me a ride on many occasions.  And even if they were (which they are not), they would still be on bicycles. 

I have a friend with epilepsy who's told me a LOT about this. Laws vary a LOT by state. In Arizona, a person has to be seizure free for 3+ months to be able to drive. In Oregon, it's 2 years or more with documentation from a doctor. 

This is what Illinois specifies, as cited on the Epilepsy Foundation web site.

"An applicant with epilepsy will be granted a license if he or she submits a doctor's statement certifying that the individual can safely operate an automobile. There is no specific seizure-free period [ILL. ADMIN. CODE tit. 92 §1030.10]. A person who answers affirmatively to any questions on a medical questionnaire in application for a driver’s license or who is reported to the Department of Driver Services as having a physical or mental disability must submit a medical report, completed by their physician, to be issued or reissued a license."

BTW, someone walking or riding a bike could have a seizure induced by an extremely bright flashing light like this jerk had. That would be most dangerous to the person having the seizure, while it could be bad for many people if a driver had a seizure.

Missed connection between my common sense and brain early this morning. Connection re-established after crashing-out three times on the ice.

I slipped on the ice yesterday morning and did a number on my right ankle; I'm in an air splint for several days and can't get to work.

The ironic thing is that I was a few steps from my garage, where I was heading to get my bicycle to ride to the train. If I had been on the bike, I would have been fine because of the studded tires. Now I probably can't ride for a week or more. :-(

I was also looking forward to riding on a near-by lake... the conditions have been nearly perfect. Such is life...



Take care. Wishing you good healing.

Thanks. I will heal, though probably not as fast as I'd like (that would be *now*!).


Well, it took longer than I ever thought. I had to have surgery on my ankle and took 2 months off work. I was released from the "boot" (my constant companion since late January) yesterday. Today at physical therapy I will be put on a stationary bike. If that goes well, I will start riding around my neighborhood to build up my jello-like right calf muscles. At least the surgeon thinks I will make a full recovery. :-(


Congrats on being liberated from the boot. I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly.

I'm back on the commuter bike as of one week ago! It's good to be able to use my get-around for its physical therapy benefits. Still there's a long way to go... I'm 4 months into a 6-9 month recovery. I should be in fine shape for the ice next winter!


I’m very fortunate to either walk or bike to work.

Today was walk to work.

I’m at the northwest corner of Richard J Daley Center. I’m right at the barriers walking when I hear someone say “Right behind you”.

Then this idiot on her bike goes to the right of me and says to my face, “Right BEHIND you”.

Hey Bitch! First of all, it’s “On your left” or “On your right”. When you say “Right behind you”, do I walk to your right where you might hit me? Or do I walk left and avoid you?

Second, you F***ing idiot, why are you riding your bike still at that point. Walking your bike just a few feet to the bike racks won’t kill you.

Be considerate of other walkers the next time you bike on the sidewalk. 

I know what you mean. There are lots of people walking between those barriers and she had the nerve to say that! 

And I forgot to mention that right after she said “Right BEHIND you”, she proceeded to bike to those bike racks just a few steps away. WTF!

i should have spoken my mind to her, but I didn’t. So I vent my frustration here.

Wow, there's a male bicyclist on Elston that yells "Right behind you" and I am similarly annoyed. What does that even mean???


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