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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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I had a lady in a car stop, then start, then stop and wave me through. I put my feet down, crossed my arms, shook my head and enunciated "No. I don't trust you." slowly so she could read my lips over her car radio. 

Steve Weeks said:

I agree with you both. Stop at red lights, then proceed *if* there's no cross-traffic and there are no cars also waiting. Slow for stop signs, but stop if there are cars that should have the right-of-way. If someone pulls that "no, YOU go first" crap, I put my foot down and get off the saddle. This usually gives them the hint. I always give them a friendly wave as they go. :-)

"Bikes are traffic too!"


Melanie K said:

I have to agree with Gabe- I don't roll through when there are cars present, but I hate when I come to a full stop, then the guy in the car to the right "waves" me through. I know he/she is being all friendly and nice letting me go, but at that point when a person with the right of way sees me stop, I want them to do what they are supposed to do- which is go. 

Gabe said:
I Roll Stop signs unless I see traffic then i stop. I hate the wave. You get to the stop sign, stop, and the ass head in the car that has the right of way waves you on or sits there thinking you are gonna run the stop. Hate it. Red lights is a stop.
Greasy young hipster boy with the green t and tattoo sleeve cruising on the sidewalk down North Ave weaving slow through pedestrians while riding a little girls pink bmx... WTH on so many levels.

Me: stopped at Kinzie and Wells around 5:15pm yesterday, west-bound, waiting in the center of the green box/marked lane. You: orange shirt and timbuk2 bag with "can't stop, don't want to" attitude. You not only blew the light, almost got hit, and terrified a pedestrian, but you actually CLIPPED ME as you flew through the 18" gap between me and stopped traffic!! What the f*ck is wrong with you?!

You: a tall, ponytailed, 26ish man weaving helmetless, lightless at about 11:15 PM northbound on Clark through Andersonville riding a dark bike and wearing dark gray. The only thing about you that reflected light were your headphones. I was DDing for a friend, taking a leisurely drive around my bike commute. A lot of us may run stop signs now and again, but it takes some real--guts? everclear?--to cross the stopped car on the left while there was oncoming traffic, and then give a "hey--WTF?" gesture. You took a sharp right on Bryn Mawr, only to pull a Ueee to defacto run the light. There was no cross-traffic there, so why stop at the Ashland/Clark intersection? Well, because there was a garbage truck coming from Ashland onto Clark who had no reason to expect a merging, unlit cyclist. A lot of people would think, "Oh, a garbage truck coming at this time of night. I better slow down. Maybe I shouldn't have run that light." But you leaned to the left. Good idea! Take the lane! Then, theatrically, you veered right after the truck passed you in a justifiable panic. Then, you doored yourself. You doored yourself. You steered into a parked car, and then gave the car the finger. You are why people hate cyclists. 

Cadillac convertible headed south on Central Park just north of 290 around 11:10 AM---I wish you'd continued south rather than getting on the freeway.  Your stereo's delightful James Brown jams (JBs era) were making a lovely ride on a lovely day even lovelier, and I would have been happy for it to have continued a few more blocks.

To the officer who nearly hit me, then tried to detain me riding on Harrison this morning: your refusal to give your badge number, your name, or call another officer to the scene is incredibly shady. Holding on to my handlebars to detain me without cause is even worse, so Of COURSE I started screaming when you physically tried to pull my bike away from me. I hope neither I nor any other law-abiding citizen ever encounter you again. You're a disgrace to your fellow officers.

(and the while the 911-responding officer was helpful, I have a feeling that no report or discipline measure will come of this... ugh)

Julia, an officer in uniform?  And he was not wearing his star?  Please try to follow up on the report and the complaint.

julia, i'm guessing he didn't give you a reason to detain you either.  this sounds extra shady. like he tried to deflect his fault for your near collision onto you.  

Just wow.

To the older lady blindly backing out of the alley and into the bike lane.  To this minute, you had no idea how close you were to hitting that cyclist in the lane.  To the cyclist: dude, you are one composed easy going guy.  You saw what was happening and you had the presence of mind to look behind you and then swing out into the left lane to avoid Mrs. Clueless.  And when you passed her, you didn't even give her the finger, yell are her, or give her a harsh look.

Lisa, he was in casual dress but told me he was an officer. Apparently he actually was (I had serious doubts initially) but wouldn't give me his badge # or call another officer to the scene when I asked. After about 2 minutes I called 911 and a completely separate officer (and supervisor) responded. I'll follow up on as much as I can - my brother is an officer and I'd like to make sure this guy doesn't harass other cyclists or just skate on dangerous and improper behavior.

Hey, you in the Porsche parked solidly in the westbound Kinzie bike lane at Clinton around 6 pm tonight: ignoring the 3-4 cyclists who politely told you that you are parked in a bike lane does not make you cool or right. It makes you a douchebag in an illegally parked Porsche. Hopefully Chicago's finest arrived in time to set you straight on that point. 


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