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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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Just to clarify this: I was at the intersection first. The car pulled up, and I could see the turn signal. He was there for at least a minute. The driver was inching forward, but never took any of several good opportunities to turn on the red. Once the light turned green I just gave him a toot to remind him I was there. I credit him with doing the right thing, which was to let me go first.

For the record, I *never* pass on the right (it's illegal), and *always* stop at red lights if there is cross-traffic or a car waiting with me.

Steve

Tricolor said:

Good reason to never pass on the right, even when trying to ace them out at the light.  And with or without the turn signal.  You can't expect to be seen from that side.

Pages 12-13: http://transportation.stanford.edu/pdf/sprocketman-comicbook.pdf

To the dum dum with her helmet on backwards biking west on Diversey, who made a sudden U-TURN in traffic with no signals/no warning last night:

I've never thought I'd have a day where I nearly hit a cyclist while in my car. You are unpredictable, dangerous, and have so little respect for traffic, that you will eventually cause an accident. I'm already looking for your signals and cues as you ride; if you can't be predictable enough to someone who commutes by bike year round, you're going to have a bad time.

To the fellow in the silver car driving north on Sheridan, just past Devon, at about 10:55 this morning: 

You honked, waved, and yelled at me to get over (into the parked car/door zone!).  I realize that giving you the middle finger was not the most appropriate action, nor an intelligible distillation of relevant points of Illinois traffic law, but neither was your response of racing ahead of me, pulling to the curb, and leering at me as you flicked your door open a few inches.

Ugh!
So sorry for you. I live just north of Loyola along the lake, and no matter where I commute to, by home is the most dangerous part, ESPECIALLY NBound. I'm sure there are other threads about the LSD redesign and I'm generally against "urban renewal" projects, but there's a real problem with an expressway that empties (trickles?) without a clear outlet. Cab and local traffic on broadway mixes with suburban commuters still in expressway mode. But you can't tell a meathead like that, "hey, you're not going to find a parking spot anyway, and there's a cross street every 50 feet, so you're never very far from a red light." I mean, there's got to be a better way to funnel thru traffic over to a wider street like Western (complains the narrowminded east of sheridan rider).

Pulling over and trying to door you? Wtf? I feel like between Devon and Howard, the cops could ticket so many red-light runners, threateners, and speed-slam-on-the-brakesers. Then again, they have their hands full with more pressing matters.


Jay Tee Ess said:

To the fellow in the silver car driving north on Sheridan, just past Devon, at about 10:55 this morning: 

You honked, waved, and yelled at me to get over (into the parked car/door zone!).  I realize that giving you the middle finger was not the most appropriate action, nor an intelligible distillation of relevant points of Illinois traffic law, but neither was your response of racing ahead of me, pulling to the curb, and leering at me as you flicked your door open a few inches.

You: A full-sized raw turkey (maybe you are a big chicken?) laying in the east bound Augusta bike lane, covered in flys.

Me: Riding by holding my breath, avoiding getting flys in my mouth, thoroughly confused. Who did you cross, only to be discarded so out of season?

Best of luck.

Thank you for the good amount of chuckles.

Blatherskate said:

You: A full-sized raw turkey (maybe you are a big chicken?) laying in the east bound Augusta bike lane, covered in flys.

Me: Riding by holding my breath, avoiding getting flys in my mouth, thoroughly confused. Who did you cross, only to be discarded so out of season?

Best of luck.

Don't forget: Opening a door into traffic violates rule "MCC 9-80-035  Open Door in Traffic"

of the Municipal Code of Chicago. IIRC, this violation carries a $500 fine.

See this police training video (here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaX2iHgHnhE ); MCC 9-80-035 is discussed at 5:30, but the whole thing is worth watching IMO. I wish I could say I have seen evidence that the police actually act on these state and city ordinances.

Steve



Peter G. said:

Pulling over and trying to door you? Wtf?
Scarlett, that's exactly what I saw! Except not as casual.

One of the many strange things I've almost hit in Chicago.
To the apes playing football IN the bike path of the LFT off of Fullerton,
My friend and I were almost home after riding 100 miles round trip for his race. It was rainy, we were tired and soaking, but things were alright. Neither of us could have anticipated that your disgusting shirtless bodies would be immobile IN the south bound lane. He shouted, I shouted, your response was to catch a football, shoving your arm into my friend. Glad our wheels/bikes/bodies are okay, he braked for you, barely, and I hit him trying to stop in time. When I screamed at you, you calmly told me to watch my language. You didn't move. I sincerely hope that when someone gets hurt because of your ridiculous need to play catch IN A BIKE PATH, it's you, and not anyone using the path respectfully.

So much anger!

I had an extra special moment the other day. I was riding south on Damen approaching 94th - pretty quiet street with almost no traffic, even at noon on a Saturday. I approached the 4-way stop at 94th and was slowing down to stop. A minivan was approaching from the right. There was NO other traffic. 

She looked towards me, appeared to see me, and was slowing down.  I paused very briefly, then started to roll, and then she started to roll right at me - without ever coming to a stop. I yelled out "STOP!" She said "I'm sorry" but still didn't stop, just swerved to avoid hitting me as she made her right turn.  

We were following the same route for the next few blocks.  She stopped at the red light at 95th - only because she had to (stopped traffic ahead). When the light turned green, she continued south on Damen. I slowed so she would pass me quickly and get the hell away from me. She slowed slightly at the next intersection (4-way stop) and blew through it, making a left turn. And how would she like it if a driver just like her ran over her kid or dog due to inattentiveness? Probably not so much.

Me heading S.B. on the LFT @ 8am meet you as you were riding north at the North Ave parking lot entrance. It was a red light for us there was me on the north side and another gentleman on the south side waiting patiently for the intersection to clear. What gave you the idea that you should not stop? Is it the hipster in you that is counterculture, you did have a neat looking 10 speed and a White Sox shirt pin you slowed and looked at the cars that had the green looking for them to yield for you even though they have the right of way. I called out"don't be that guy" to you, after forcing them to stop being a"stereotypical" rider taking room where there is none to take you looked at me and said "what, they stopped why wouldn't I go". Why you ask... it's a dick move. Sorry if you felt my calling you out was annoying but I got a sweet thank you from another motorist who was at the light waiting to travel west.

Jeff,

Must be something about pickups in the Loop that cause bad incidents. I witnessed a pickup right-hook a guy on a motorized wheelchair at the corner of LaSalle and Randolph two weeks ago. Luckily, the victim was not seriously injured.

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