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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!

love,

gabe

 

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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When i ride down Wells goin to work pedestrians are always crossing against the light and don't count bikers as somethin worth payin attention to. So many missed connections. I usually start screamin either the music i'm listenin to, how important i am, or a death scream about 300 yards out. usually gets 'em to stop. :-)
Wells, and probably the Loop in general, is definitely a place I always see pedestrians blindly following anyone in front of them. If one person begins to cross the street, the whole mob at that corner automatically assumes it must be safe and follows, usually without even looking. One person against traffic is usually easy to move around, but a stack of a dozen usually requires me to stop.
So you blame the pedestrian for your decision to use clipless pedals and the near crash caused by wearing said pedals?

Liz said:

Dear Pedestrian Crossing Onterio,

 

I am very glad I was able to slam on my brakes and stop myself when you darted out in front of me after my light had turned green.  Fortunately, the cars to my left where also vigilant and slammed on their brakes as well.

 

I am also very glad that I was able to un-clip just before teetering over after my sudden stop. 

 

I hope that was a significant reason you needed that extra 60 seconds you gained on your commute, otherwise I cannot understand why you risked your life. 

Me riding East on Armitage at the L tracks on a damp and drizzly AM

You and your buddy in a white Dodge Caravan work-van/Silver Jetta

 

Thanks to both of you for pulling out with disregard to oncoming traffic and no turn signal across the bike lane causing me to jam on my breaks and lay my bike down to avoid rear ending you or riding into traffic. (serious thank you to the nice woman who asked if I was OK and would be a witness to his behaviour for me.) When I caught up to you and asked what you were thinking I fail to understand how "you have that bike path thingy" is an acceptable response to my question. PLEASE make sure you look in your mirror the next time you pull away from your bagel/tea or whatever run.

Me: riding south on Lincoln early this morning at one of those intersections that has a Starbucks after the stop light

You: the black sedan with Florida plates and tinted windows that are probably going to be ticketed by the police for being too dark at some point...

 

For the second time in a couple of weeks, you sped up in front of me once the light turned green to cut me off at Starbucks for your caffeine fix... if if I had a nickel for every time a car did this I'd be at least a little richer...  This time I stopped and waited until you rolled down your window and said, "I'm not sure about these bike lanes..." you honestly thought you might have the right of way over a vehicle (mine) traveling at close to the same speed at that point.  I informed you that you should yield to the bicyclist but kept the conversation short and civil.

You: Brown hoodie, black hair track standing in the middle of the intersection at armitage and elston at 1014 am.

The left turn signal made cars have to go around you so you could what? show off a track stand? and that white mercedes that honked at you was driven by an old dude. get outta the intersection ya idiot!

I hate all those Starbucks on Lincoln. The one at Irving Park is always recieving stuff around 530pm right when Im going by it.

On another note: Who likes Starbuck coffee anymore? It used to taste good to me, but over the years it tastes more and more burnt. And the flavored blends taste like burnt coffee with syurp added.
Julie M. said:

Me: riding south on Lincoln early this morning at one of those intersections that has a Starbucks after the stop light

You: the black sedan with Florida plates and tinted windows that are probably going to be ticketed by the police for being too dark at some point...

 

For the second time in a couple of weeks, you sped up in front of me once the light turned green to cut me off at Starbucks for your caffeine fix... if if I had a nickel for every time a car did this I'd be at least a little richer...  This time I stopped and waited until you rolled down your window and said, "I'm not sure about these bike lanes..." you honestly thought you might have the right of way over a vehicle (mine) traveling at close to the same speed at that point.  I informed you that you should yield to the bicyclist but kept the conversation short and civil.

Me: riding at the edge of the lane with a basket full of groceries through the narrow construction zone on Harrison last night.

You: the guy in the SUV who honked at me

 

Really, what was the point of honking??  I know you're there, but I can't go any faster and I can't get out of your way til the construction zone ends.  It's not my fault that the lane is too narrow and your SUV is too wide to be able to pass me.

Woah Shay, You forgot to photoshop out the brakes and put in some i-pod earbuds.

I don't blame her for my choice, but I still have the right to be annoyed at someone who runs out in front of me and would cause me to potentially fall over to avoid them.  

 

This thread is about venting over frustrating situations that you encounter.  Regardless of wearing clipless pedals, what this lady did by running in front of vehicles proceeding on a green was a dangerous move for both herself and the people who had to stop suddenly to avoid her. 

 

Duppie said:

So you blame the pedestrian for your decision to use clipless pedals and the near crash caused by wearing said pedals?

Liz said:

Dear Pedestrian Crossing Onterio,

 

I am very glad I was able to slam on my brakes and stop myself when you darted out in front of me after my light had turned green.  Fortunately, the cars to my left where also vigilant and slammed on their brakes as well.

 

I am also very glad that I was able to un-clip just before teetering over after my sudden stop. 

 

I hope that was a significant reason you needed that extra 60 seconds you gained on your commute, otherwise I cannot understand why you risked your life. 

WTF Duppie?

 

Clipless or cages, it still takes a moment to get out after a panic stop.  Are you seriously telling us that we should ride in city commuter traffic on platform peddles?  Seriously?  You must have some cycling mojo to lay down the power to get out of the way of traffic.  I wouldn't want to do it.

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