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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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tell him yo're welcome for keeping him driving safely 

Steve Courtright said:

A big "I had no idea!" to the Cadillac driver who actually got out of his car last night in the rain to lecture me about how big his engine was and how fast he could drive if it were not for me.

 

@Fran and @Peenworm

 

Indeed!  It was mostly amusing.  

 

But I have to say, in 20 years of riding I have never had someone get out of their car. 

To the driver of the burgandy grand marquis with Michigan plates on California at Fullerton:

You lost your shit for nearly the length of the red light when you pulled around the slowing car in front of you only to find yourself behind me also slowing down for the yellow light. Why didn't I blow the intersection? Because its Fullerton at 7:45 in the morning and I actually wanted to get to work today. I'm sure that little boy crossing the street on the other side of the intersection was also glad I was there to keep you from blowing the light yourself and creaming him. If you are so late, perhaps you should try leaving home sooner. I'm sure the deployment of your airbag did not allow you to arrive at your destination any sooner. It did, however, provide me with a good laugh. I absolutely was smiling as I pulled away. Thanks asshole!

To the driver of the black Mercedes SUV on Kinzie at Clinton around 8:25 this morning: very nice u-turn on Kinzie, into the eastbound bike lane so you could turn right on to Clinton. I'm sure you didn't notice that this maneuver almost took out a bicyclist riding in the bike lane, because you are clearly too important to pay attention to things like bike lanes or people on bikes. Carelessness like yours has resulted in several bicyclists' deaths recently; I hope that your driving behavior does not end in a similar tragedy.

I witnessed this.  The Mercedes almost sideswiped the cyclist and then accelerated down the remaining bike lane to turn right on Clinton.  Still can't believe it happened.

Cheryl said:

To the driver of the black Mercedes SUV on Kinzie at Clinton around 8:25 this morning: very nice u-turn on Kinzie, into the eastbound bike lane so you could turn right on to Clinton. I'm sure you didn't notice that this maneuver almost took out a bicyclist riding in the bike lane, because you are clearly too important to pay attention to things like bike lanes or people on bikes. Carelessness like yours has resulted in several bicyclists' deaths recently; I hope that your driving behavior does not end in a similar tragedy.

To the cop who cut me off and stopped in the middle of traffic to pull up next to another cop just to chat, that was not cool.  I almost hit your stupid car, and you didn't even see me, waiting back there while you were laughing and joking and blocking traffic.

Also, to the leaf blowers, please look before you blow dust and leaves at me in the bike lane.

Thanks

You made me jump in surprise, as you whooshed past me on Bryn Mawr, unlit, riding left British-style as motorists swerved to avoid creaming you, before you hopped up on the sidewalk at Harlem to continue your stealth attack.  Well played, Ninja Salmon, well played.

To the older gentleman on Loomis around 5 PM who slowed down to (smugly) admonish me for riding WITH traffic, 

You might want to be sure you know what you're talking about before you pull your condescending crap with someone. I was on my way to a hellish shift at work at the end of a very stressful day, and I really wish I had found a way to give you a piece of my mind, but I was so taken aback that all I could say was "I'm a vehicle too, it's the law!". I don't even think you heard me, but you sped off in response, cutting me off. Blasting your horn at me (I was briefly in your way seeing as a large semi was parked in the lane) was incredibly rude and your comments were deeply offensive. Thanks for making it a memorable evening, and reminding me how ridiculously uneducated most people who operate giant vehicle-death-machines can be. 


Sincerely, 

Girl on Bike

Made a connection with a United Quick bus this morning on North Ave. when it was trying to squeeze around a car making a left turn and got close enough to brush my arm and cause me to clip the mirror of a parked car.

Driver, of course, did not stop and I am not even sure that they know they hit me.

Called the bus company and they claim they will be doing something about it and calling me back; we shall see.

Is locking your bike lock to the rack without a bike like the new using a lawn chair to block your parking spot?  This happens every day at my work, with at least 3 or 4 locks blocking spaces.

I fail to see how a lock could "block" a space on a conventional bike rack.   Is this one of those fancy articulating racks?  Could we get a photo of how the lock blocks the rack from other bikes using the spot?

People leave their locks because they don't want to carry them back and forth on their commute.  They can be heavy and a bother when they don't need the lock anywhere else.

If there is a lock on a rack just ignore it and park your bike there anyhow.  If the lock owner comes back they can just get their lock off the rack and use another rack. 


Laura C said:

Is locking your bike lock to the rack without a bike like the new using a lawn chair to block your parking spot?  This happens every day at my work, with at least 3 or 4 locks blocking spaces.

I would like to see pictures of what she's talking about, too. We've got ribbon racks at work, and I (along with others) leave our locks there. Due to gravity, they sit at the bottom of the ribbons, inches from the ground. No harm done, I feel.

James BlackHeron said:

I fail to see how a lock could "block" a space on a conventional bike rack.   Is this one of those fancy articulating racks?  Could we get a photo of how the lock blocks the rack from other bikes using the spot?

People leave their locks because they don't want to carry them back and forth on their commute.  They can be heavy and a bother when they don't need the lock anywhere else.

If there is a lock on a rack just ignore it and park your bike there anyhow.  If the lock owner comes back they can just get their lock off the rack and use another rack. 


Laura C said:

Is locking your bike lock to the rack without a bike like the new using a lawn chair to block your parking spot?  This happens every day at my work, with at least 3 or 4 locks blocking spaces.

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